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Syrian monastery continues all-night prayer vigils for peace

August 29, 2013

At the monastery of St. James in Qarah, Syria, an ecumenical community is engaged in perpetual adoration of the Eucharist, praying for peace, the Fides news service reports.

Father Daniel Maes, the Belgian Catholic priest who heads the community, told Fides that the monastery has been spared from the ravages of Syria’s civil war, but “we could be the target of an attack at any moment.” He said that members of the community have chosen not to take refuge elsewhere but to remain and pray.

The community is also praying that “the West acts with intelligence, responsibility, and according to the truth,” Father Maes said.


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