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English bishops: pray for Syria

Catholic World News - July 12, 2013

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is asking Catholic to pray for peace in Syria and to support Catholic relief efforts there.

“Please pray for those involved in humanitarian aid, that access will be granted so that help can reach those most in need,” Archbishop Vincent Nichols, president of the conference, and Bishop Declan Lang, chair of the international affairs committee, said in a joint statement.

“The suffering that Syrians endure is growing not only through violence but also the economic hardships faced by increasing numbers in that country,” they added. “The summer heat will bring further extreme hardship to those living in refugee camps. Please support practically those people exiled or internally displaced by contributing to the relief effort and the work of organizations such as Missio, Cafod, and Aid to the Church in Need.”

Archbishop Vincent Nichols is offering a special Mass for Syria on July 12 at Westminster Cathedral.

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