Archbishop Wuerl to Celebrate Mass for Peace in the Middle East; Parishes Asked to Offer Prayers for Peace

July 21, 2006

Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will celebrate a Mass for Peace in the Middle East:

Sunday, July 23, 2006
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20017

The Archbishop also has asked that the 140 parishes of the Archdiocese of Washington include prayers for peace at all Masses held on Sunday.

The prayers are a response to Pope Benedict XVI’s call for July 23 to be a “special day of prayer and penance” for people of all faiths to ask God for “the precious gift of peace.”

The Vatican has called for an immediate cease-fire in the current crisis; humanitarian corridors to bring aid to those who are suffering; and negotiations toward ending injustice in the affected nations. The United States bishops also released a statement earlier in the week calling for a cease-fire and an end to the violence in the Holy Land and Lebanon.

Last Tuesday, July 18, Cardinal Nasrallah P. Sfeir, Patriarch of the Maronite Church in Lebanon, celebrated Mass with Archbishop Wuerl at Our Lady of Lebanon in Northwest Washington, before returning to Lebanon. The parish serves 400 Lebanese Catholic families living in the Washington metropolitan region.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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