Pope Francis to Preside Mass of Canonization on Feast of Christ the King

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On November 23, 2014, the Feast of Christ the King, Pope Francis will canonize six blesseds and inscribe them in the roll call of Saints. These blesseds consist of two Indians and four Italians, including one layman and one bishop.

The blesseds who are to be canonized on Sunday are:

  • Kuriakose Elias Chavara: A priest and the founder of the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate. He is remembered for his solid leadership and is recognized for having saved the Church in Kerala from a schism in 1861.
  • Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal: A member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Mother of Carmel. She was born in 1877 in Kattur and came to be known as the “Praying Nun.”
  • Amato Ronconi: Founder of the hospital known as the “Blessed Amato Ronconi Nursing Home” and a layman member of the Third Order of St. Francis.
  • Giovanni Antonio Farina: Italian bishop of Vicenza and the founder of the Institute of the Sisters of Saint Dorothy, Daughters of the Sacred Heart.
  • Nicola da Longobardi: Professed oblate of the Order of Minims.
  • Ludovico da Casoria: Founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters Elisabettine and professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor.

Salt + Light will broadcast the mass from Rome at 12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT. Watch live.

Mass for Vocations to the Ordained Life

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On Friday, October 17, a mass will be celebrated for vocations to the ordained life in the Diocese of Montreal. It will be presided by Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal, at the Major’s Seminary Chapel. Various movements, communities, priests and religious will be present at this Eucharistic celebration.

The mass will be live-streamed on the web at 7:30 pm EST and broadcast on S+L TV at 8:30 pm EST/5:30 pm PST on Salt + Light Television. Watch livestream below:

The mass will be celebrated entirely in French. 

Blessed Alvaro Del Portillo: Recounting the Beatification trip to Madrid and Rome

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Trisha Villarante

Trisha Villarante

On September 27, 2014, as early as 7:00am, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from over 80 countries made their way to Madrid’s Parque de Valdebebas for the Beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the first successor of the founder of Opus Dei, St. Josemaria Escriva.

Our group of 50 Canadians travelled by Metro to the site. At each stop we were accompanied by other passengers clearly heading to the Beatification as well. Dressed in Sundays’ best, carrying folding chairs and proudly baring their flags of origin, we could tell they were going where we were going. The obviousness caused an excited stir of conversations and selfies throughout the train. Anyone who was not attending the Beatification approached the train with caution, as if they were witnessing a giant flash mob. The atmosphere on the train was a jubilant one.

The stop for Valdebebas was decorated with posters of Alvaro del Portillo with arrows directing people to the bus line-up. The event was equipped with 1,600 busses transporting people from various locations to the beatification site. From end to end, the 185,000 square meters of the park contained 80 confessionals, 13 chapels, 26 screens, a massive altar, 300 concelebrants for the Mass, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and 3,500 volunteers running the ‘show’. The altar had a backdrop of Our Lady of Almudena with handwritten script, “Regnare Christum Volumus” (We want Christ to reign).

OnOurWayAlvaro From 8:00 am onward people made their way to their sections which ranged from A to I. While patiently waiting for the ceremony to begin, mood setting music played over the speakers while we Canadians watched, astounded by the regalia suited to the people from their respective countries. From colourful African dresses and head pieces to intricate Korean Hanboks, this was the realizing factor that the whole world had really come to celebrate a Saint.

Under sunny skies, contrary to the forecast of showers, the Beatification began with some words from Pope Francis read by the Vicar General of Opus Dei, Fr. Fernando Ocariz. In the Holy Father’s letter he outlined del Portillo’s life, with a special dissection of his famous aspiration, “Thank you, forgive me, help me more”. Without failing to mention his works during his travels to several different countries, Pope Francis also captured the spirit of Opus Dei, that simplicity and ordinary life are a sure path to holiness. (The Pope’s letter can be found at www.alvarodelportillo.org)

After the solemn Beatification, the screens revealed a larger than life image of the new Blessed, which displayed one his finest qualities, a serene gaze. Shortly after this, Jose Ignacio, the young boy who had received a favour which lead to del Portillo’s Beatification, presented the new Blessed’s relic to the altar. Uproarious applause ensued and the choir began a regal rendition of ‘Christus Vincit’. The massive crowd joined in singing with a joyful pride.

During the Mass, the most impressive moment was the seemingly endless procession of priests that administered Holy Communion. Young men holding yellow and white umbrellas accompanied each of the 1,200 priests. Communion was timed perfectly with the singing of ‘Nearer, my God, to thee’. When all the Hosts were consumed, with the accompaniment of the orchestra, the park resonated an aura of prayer and thanksgiving.

At the end of the Mass, the Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarria, shared his gratitude to God, the Church, Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict the XVI, Cardinal Amato and to all who made the event possible. He proclaimed Alvaro del Portillo’s example, that it should remind us of the universal call to holiness. He also asked that we pray especially for fellow Christians who suffer persecution and are martyred in different parts of the world. When the ceremony concluded, and the pilgrims started back for Madrid, the thousands of volunteers remained to clean up the park so that it would be spotless for the following day’s Thanksgiving Mass.

On the Monday following the Thanksgiving mass, many of the Faithful travelled to Rome to pray in front of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo’s remains, which was transferred from the crypt of the Prelatic Church of Our Lady of Peace, to the Basilica of St. Eugenio.

While moving around Madrid and Rome it was surreal to see so many familiar faces in a foreign land, the affair resembled a giant family reunion. Historical sites that pertained to Blessed Alvaro’s life in both Madrid and Rome were decorated with large posters that would explain his significance to each building.

In Rome, during the Wednesday Papal audience, amidst the thousands of Faithful, you would have never known that the majority of the crowd had just come from Madrid. That is, until Pope Francis made a special mention of Opus Dei and Bishop Javier Echevarria, which caused the crowd to cheer with enthusiasm.

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Another memorable event that cannot go unmentioned was the Benediction on Thursday evening for the transfer of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo from St. Eugenio back to Our Lady of Peace. St. Eugenio was exceedingly crowded, so much so that the concept of personal space was non-existent. However, during the Benediction, when the Blessed Sacrament was exposed, the crowd managed to find a way to kneel, albeit in awkward or uncomfortable positons. This was a beautiful illustration that in the midst of all the hype over the new Blessed, the glory remained to God as a reminder that He marks the Saint, not men.

Alvaro del Portillo’s obedience to Our Lord’s will paved the way for so many to draw nearer to Christ both while he was alive and even after his death. Today all the favours of his intercession are pouring in, including the favour that was granted on the day of his Beatification.

During the Mass on the 27th of September, the Polish representative reading an intention included a special intention she read out in Spanish for a boy name ‘Lorenzo’. The story goes that Lorenzo’s family came to Madrid to attend the Beatification. At some point 18-month old ‘Lorenzo’ had fallen into the hotel’s pool and was found by an ex-fire fighter who was able to stabilize him until reaching the hospital. In the end, the favour was granted thanks to Blessed Alvaro’s intercession and the prayers of the thousands of pilgrims at Valdebebas. ‘Lorenzo’ was spotted later in the week running around Rome in full health.

If you’ve heard of del Portillo before or are only getting to know him now, I would recommend reading “Saxum: The Life of Alvaro del Portillo” from the synopsis you’ll find that, the book is a fact-filled biography set against the background of historic events like the Spanish Civil War and Vatican Council II. It depicts a person of powerful integrity and conviction who set aside a promising engineering career to follow the vision embodied in Opus Dei. Don Alvaro emerges in these pages as a tower of strength, reliability, and good humor in the face of a host of threats and challenges that might well have defeated a lesser man.”

If there is one thing to take away from this experience it is that the Beatification of Alvaro del Portillo is a vibrant example of what marvels Our Lord can work in our lives if we simply abandon ourselves to Him.

Written by Trisha Villarante, guest blogger. 

Madrid, we’re on our way!

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Trisha Villarante

Trisha Villarante

This week, for the little corner of the church, Opus Dei, all roads lead to Madrid!

With the Beatification of Bishop Alvaro Del Portillo, the first successor of St. Josemaria, happening in Spain, there is an estimated 100,000 people (according to the Catholic News Agency) coming to witness this momentous and God-glorifying moment.

Every step of the way the members of the Work (Opus Dei) are giving thanks and collecting intentions.

A good friend of mine, Coeli Anne Bugash,  mentioned the trip to a friend of hers and offered to bring along her rosary and any intentions she might have. The following day she received a beautiful tin box full of rosaries and slips of intentions to pack in her suitcase.

Across Canada, there are over 400 people heading to Madrid this week. Some have left early to tour Spain before the blessed occasion and for many of these pilgrims, Rome is the next destination. There they will be attending the thanksgiving mass and the Papal audience on Wednesday morning.

At this moment, my group and I are on route to Madrid. However, we have encountered a minor set-back. After a delayed flight, 3 re-bookings and seperate hotels in London, we are all anxiously waiting for the next flight to Madrid. While laying low, we have discovered that there are others stranded around the world, so together we are praying the new prayer card to Don Alvaro that was sent to us in our Beatification packages in solidarity.

We’ve been through a lot today, but spirits are high and regardless of what has happened so far we still feel as though we are floating in the prayers of people from all over the world.

MADRID, WE’RE ON OUR WAY! #Alvaro14

Written by Trisha Villarante, guest blogger. 

Cardinal Andrea Yeum Soo-jung’s Address at Korean Martyrs Beatification Mass

 

Address by His Eminence  following the prayer after communion at Mass for the Beatification of Korean Martyrs

August 16, 2014

Holy Father,

The welcome you with joy together with the laity, religious and clergy of the whole church in Korea. I am honored to be in his presence to keep this speech of greeting. The Catholic Church in Korea has already 103 saints and martyrs in addition to these, through the beatification of today, it also has 124 blessed.

This area around Gwanghwamun is the historic site where many were martyred ancestors of our faith. In it were located also also the main departments of the Chosun Dynasty. The Catholic Church in Korea has grown on the blood of the martyrs and has proven to be a good example for Korean society by promoting justice and human rights. So I think that the beatification of today will be an occasion reminder to make the harmony and unity of Catholics not only Koreans but also the Korean people and all other peoples of Asia, through the exchange of universal brotherhood.

The Korean Church will always try to be the light and salt for the evangelization of the world, and also to be a church that serves the poor, the oppressed and marginalized by making them feel the joy of the Gospel. Holy Father,  Thank you again and I ask you to pray and bless the Church in Korea.

Thank you!

 

Pope Francis’ Homily for Korean Martyrs Beatification Mass


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Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis

Mass for the Beatification of the Korean Martyrs Seoul,

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Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? (Rom 8:35).  With these words, Saint Paul speaks of the glory of our faith in Jesus: not only has Christ risen from the dead and ascended to heaven, but he has united us to himself and he grants us a share in his eternal life.  Christ is victorious and his victory is ours!

Today we celebrate this victory in Paul Yun Ji-chung and his 123 companions.  Their names now stand alongside those of the holy martyrs Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and companions, to whom I just paid homage.  All of them lived and died for Christ, and now they reign with him in joy and in glory.  With Saint Paul, they tell us that, in the death and resurrection of his Son, God has granted us the greatest victory of all.  For “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38-39).

The victory of the martyrs, their witness to the power of God’s love, continues to bear fruit today in Korea, in the Church which received growth from their sacrifice.  Our celebration of Blessed Paul and Companions provides us with the opportunity to return to the first moments, the infancy as it were, of the Church in Korea.  It invites you, the Catholics of Korea, to remember the great things which God has wrought in this land and to treasure the legacy of faith and charity entrusted to you by your forebears.

In God’s mysterious providence, the Christian faith was not brought to the shores of Korea through missionaries; rather, it entered through the hearts and minds of the Korean people themselves.  It was prompted by intellectual curiosity, the search for religious truth.  Through an initial encounter with the Gospel, the first Korean Christians opened their minds to Jesus.  They wanted to know more about this Christ who suffered, died, and rose from the dead.  Learning about Jesus soon led to an encounter with the Lord, the first baptisms, the yearning for a full sacramental and ecclesial life, and the beginnings of missionary outreach.  It also bore fruit in communities inspired by the early Church, in which the believers were truly one in mind and heart, regardless of traditional social differences, and held all things in common (cf. Acts 4:32).

This history tells us much about the importance, the dignity and the beauty of the vocation of the laity.  I greet the many lay faithful present, and in particular the Christian families who daily by their example teach the faith and the reconciling love of Christ to our young.  In a special way, too, I greet the many priests present; by their dedicated ministry they pass on the rich patrimony of faith cultivated by past generations of Korean Catholics.

Today’s Gospel contains an important message for all of us.  Jesus asks the Father to consecrate us in truth, and to protect us from the world.

First of all, it is significant that, while Jesus asks the Father to consecrate and protect us, he does not ask him to take us out of the world.  We know that he sends his disciples forth to be a leaven of holiness and truth in the world: the salt of the earth, the light of the world.  In this, the martyrs show us the way.

Soon after the first seeds of faith were planted in this land, the martyrs and the Christian community had to choose between following Jesus or the world.  They had heard the Lord’s warning that the world would hate them because of him (Jn 17:14); they knew the cost of discipleship.  For many, this meant persecution, and later flight to the mountains, where they formed Catholic villages.  They were willing to make great sacrifices and let themselves be stripped of whatever kept them from Christ – possessions and land, prestige and honor – for they knew that Christ alone was their true treasure.

So often we today can find our faith challenged by the world, and in countless ways we are asked to compromise our faith, to water down the radical demands of the Gospel and to conform to the spirit of this age.  Yet the martyrs call out to us to put Christ first and to see all else in this world in relation to him and his eternal Kingdom.  They challenge us to think about what, if anything, we ourselves would be willing to die for.

The example of the martyrs also teaches us the importance of charity in the life of faith.  It was the purity of their witness to Christ, expressed in an acceptance of the equal dignity of all the baptized, which led them to a form of fraternal life that challenged the rigid social structures of their day.  It was their refusal to separate the twin commandment of love of God and love of neighbor which impelled them to such great solicitude for the needs of the brethren.  Their example has much to say to us who live in societies where, alongside immense wealth, dire poverty is silently growing; where the cry of the poor is seldom heeded; and where Christ continues to call out to us, asking us to love and serve him by tending to our brothers and sisters in need.

If we follow the lead of the martyrs and take the Lord at his word, then we will understand the sublime freedom and joy with which they went to their death.  We will also see today’s celebration as embracing the countless anonymous martyrs, in this country and throughout the world, who, especially in the last century, gave their lives for Christ or suffered grave persecution for his name.

Today is a day of great rejoicing for all Koreans.  The heritage of Blessed Paul Yun Ji-chung and his companions – their integrity in the search for truth, their fidelity to the highest principles of the religion which they chose to embrace, and their testimony of charity and solidarity with all – these are part of the rich history of the Korean people.  The legacy of the martyrs can inspire all men and women of good will to work in harmony for a more just, free and reconciled society, thus contributing to peace and the protection of authentically human values in this country and in our world.

May the prayers of all the Korean martyrs, in union with those of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, obtain for us the grace of perseverance in faith and in every good work, holiness and purity of heart, and apostolic zeal in bearing witness to Jesus in this beloved country, throughout Asia, and to the ends of the earth.  Amen.

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Installation Mass of Bishop McGrattan Available for Purchase

Most Reverend Auxiliary Bishop William McGrattan was appointed as the 12th Bishop of Peterborough in April after the resignation of Most Reverend Bishop Nicola De Angelis, C.F.I.C. The installation of Bishop William McGrattan was celebrated on Monday, June 23, 2014 at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter-in-Chains.

DVD_mcgrattan-250x250Bishop William McGrattan was born in London, Ontario on Sept. 19 1956. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering (B.E.Sc.) at the University of Western Ontario, followed by a Master of Divinity from St. Peter’s Seminary in London. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 2, 1987 with the Diocese of London. Following three years of service with St. Joseph’s parish in Chatham, Bishop McGrattan continued his studies in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he received Licentiate in Fundamental Moral Theology in 1992.

Bishop McGrattan served on the faculty of St. Peter’s Seminary in London as associate professor, vice-rector and dean of theology and was appointed to rector of the Seminary in 1997. He was appointed to Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto on Nov. 6, 2009. Currently, Bishop McGrattan serves as a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and on the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine, in addition to being the Bishop with the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada and the National Spiritual Advisor with the Catholic Women’s League of Canada.

“Installation Mass of the Most Reverend William T. McGrattan” is available on the Salt and Light Store for $14.95. Don’t miss your chance to relive the beautiful ceremony that celebrates the Diocese of Peterborough’s newest bishop.

Steubenville Toronto Day 1

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Steubenville Toronto kicked off early yesterday evening with over 2300 teens and 200 plus volunteers.

As conference organizers ran around with earpieces looking like the newest member of the Secret Service, teens shuffled into the Mattamy Athletic Centre, ecstatic and excited to begin the weekend.

Our Salt + Light production team arrived bright and early(ish) to begin setting up for our broadcast and live stream, but we hit a few roadblocks- they wouldn’t let us unload right away!

But eventually we made it inside and began to set up to prepare for our broadcast!

The evening began with the Friday opening music session led by Ike Ndolo!

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And Host Bob Rice introduced us to the rest of the ministry team- Mary Bielski, Michael Gomer, Jackie Francois (and baby) and Fr. Dave Pivonka, who blesses all the teens, volunteers and everyone involved with #SteubieTO!

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To cap off the night, #SteubieTO is paid a special visit by none other than our Lord Jesus Christ through Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

God’s presence was so powerful that night that the confession line went on out the door! Over 40 priests were present that night to celebrate reconciliation with the youth at #SteubieTO

At the end of the evening, the teens went home with tired bodies and hopeful hearts. Come back tomorrow to see what Saturday has in store for #SteubieTO!

Check out more photos from the day and follow our livestream at saltandlighttv/steubenville.

Toronto Hosts First-Ever Steubenville Conference

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For close to 40 years, Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio has been inviting young people into an encounter with Jesus Christ through the execution of the ever-popular and growing Steubenville conferences. This year, the Archdiocese of Toronto and the Office for Catholic Youth bring the city of Toronto the first ever Steubenville Toronto.

Steubenville Conferences, through the sacraments of the Church and the power of the Holy Spirit, strive to introduce the youth to Christ’s love and encourage them to open their hearts, become His disciples and embrace the mission of the Catholic Church. For the past few years, the combined effort of 15 lay and clergy professionals and over 200 volunteers, led by the Rev. Frank Portelli, worked through the many ups and downs to bring Steubenville Toronto into fruition from July 4-6.

“The layers of details [that go into] this conference is mind-boggling,” Fr. Frank said. “From building up the design of the conference (the Steubenville Conference logo , which was designed by Salt + Light’s Dominic Gomes) to printing banners, signs, individual kneelers, cinch bags, water bottles and the list goes on.”

His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, who appointed Fr. Frank to the Office of Catholic Youth in late 2011, also appointed the Special Projects Manager of the Archdiocese of Toronto Matthew Sanders as the Assistant Conference Director. His tasks were broad in scope and included being the primary contact for the day-to-day operations, to makings sure the conference sold out and making sure the food arrives on time.

Approximately 2,400 teens and 200 volunteers from 78 parishes Canada-wide registered for the sold out Steubenville Toronto, which will be the first largest Catholic Event in Canada since World Youth Day Toronto in 2002.

“The most surprising thing about planning this conference was selling out so quickly!” Sanders said. “It was naturally a delight to witnesses so many people’s enthusiasm for youth ministry across Ontario, but it certainly put the onus on us to deliver the best Steubenville Conference ever delivered. I hope the participants, volunteers and presenters leave Steubenville Toronto with a greater awareness of the love of God for each one of them.”

Steubenville Toronto will be held inside the Mattamy Athletic Centre, formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens and the current home of the Ryerson University Rams. Leslie Gyulay, event coordinator for the Archdiocese of Toronto, was tasked with taking care of the entire interior event logistics for the center, coordinating with all the exhibitors during the conference and arranging hotels for the youths and parishes attending the conference.

With the conference only a few hours away, the entire Steubenville Toronto Conference team waits with great anticipation for what is sure to be a spectacular and life-changing conference.

“There has been no major conference in southern Ontario and we wanted something here to expose the youth to the person of Jesus Christ,” Gyulay said. “As someone who was born and raised in Toronto, I wish I had an event like this growing up. It lets the youth know that are not alone in their desire to strengthen their faith and a conference like this creates a Catholic Christian community across the province. The conference sold out quickly and that shows a real hunger that the youth have to strengthen their faith. It’s going to be a great show.”

Salt + Light Media will stream and broadcast live from the Mattamy Athletic Centre beginning Friday, July 4, 2014 at 6:45 pmFor full coverage schedule, see below:

July 4, 2014

Opening Music: Ike Ndolo   6:45 p.m. ET   3:45 p.m. CT

Introduction: Bob Rice   7:15 p.m. ET   4:15 p.m. CT

Talk Series on ‘God Is…”: Mike Gormley, Mary Bielski, Bob Rice   8:30 p.m. ET   5:30 p.m. CT

Eucharistic Adoration: Fr. Dave Pivonka   9:15 p.m. ET   6:15 p.m. CT

July 5, 2015

Morning Prayer: Bob Rice   8:30 a.m. ET   5:30 a.m. CT

Keynote God is Real: Fr. Dave Pivonka   9:00 a.m. ET   6:00 a.m. CT

Mass: Most Rev. Prendergast, Archbishop of Ottawa   9:45 a.m. ET   6:45 a.m. CT

Explanation of Workshops: Bob Rice   10:45 a.m. ET   7:45 a.m. CT

Workshop God is in Media: Jackie Francois Angel   11:15 a.m. ET   8:15 a.m. CT

Entertainment: Jackie Francois Angel   1:30 p.m. ET   10:30 a.m. CT

Workshop God is in the Day to Day: Mary Bielski   2:30 p.m. ET   11:30 a.m. CT

 Share the Glory: Most Rev. Gary M. Gordon   6:45 p.m. ET   3:45 p.m. CT

Keynote God is Saviour: Mary Bielski   7:30 p.m. ET   4:30 p.m. CT

Eucharistic Adoration: Fr. Dave Pivonka   8:30 p.m. ET   5:30 p.m. CT

July 6, 2014

Morning Gathering Music: Ike Ndolo   10:00 a.m. ET   7:00 a.m. CT

Closing Mass: His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins   10:45 p.m. ET   7:45 a.m. CT

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates LIVE from Mattamy Athletic Center! Use #SteubieTO

 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at Invocation for Peace

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The President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, delivered remarks to the participants in the Invocation for Peace here at the Vatican on Sunday evening. Below, please find the full text, in English, of President Abbas’ prepared remarks.

In the Name of God, the Most Gracious and Most Merciful
Your Holiness Pope Francis
Your Excellency President Shimon Peres,
Your Beatitudes, Honorable Sheiks and Rabbis
Ladies and Gentlemen 

It is indeed a great honor for us to meet again with His Holiness Pope Francis in fulfillment of his kind invitation to relish his spiritual and noble presence, and listen to his opinion and crystal wisdom, which emanate from a sound heart, vibrant conscience, as well as an elevated ethical and religious sense. I thank your Holiness from the bottom of my heart for initiating this important gathering here in the Vatican. Simultaneously, we highly appreciate your visit to the Holy Land Palestine,  and in specific to our Holy city Jerusalem and to Bethlehem; the city of love and peace, and the cradle of Jesus Christ. The visit is a sincere expression of your belief in peace and a truthful attempt to achieve peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

Oh God, we ever praise you for making Jerusalem our gate to heaven. As said in the Holy Quran,

“Glory to Him who made His servant travel by night from the sacred place of worship to the furthest place of worship, whose surroundings We have blessed.” You made pilgrimage and prayer in it as the best acts the faithful can make in your praise, and made your truthful promise in your say:  “Let them enter the Masjid as they did for the first time.”  God Almighty has spoken the truth.

O, Lord of Heaven and Earth, accept my prayer for the realization of truth, peace and justice in my country Palestine, the region, and the globe as a whole.

I beseech You, O Lord, on behalf of my people, the people of Palestine – Moslems, Christians and Samaritans – who are craving for a just peace, dignified living, and liberty, I beseech you, Oh Lord, to make prosperous and promising the future of our people, and freedom in our sovereign and independent state; Grant, O Lord, our region and its people security, safety and stability. Save our blessed city Jerusalem; the first Kiblah, the second Holy Mosque, the third of the two Holy Mosques, and the city of blessings and peace with all that surround it.

Reconciliation and peace, O Lord, are our goal. God in His Holy Book has addressed the faithful: “Make peace among you,”  Here we are, O God, inclined to peace. Make firm our steps and crown our efforts and endeavors with success. You are the promoter of virtue and preventer of vice, evil and aggression. You say and you are the most truthful, “And if they incline to peace, incline thou also to it, and trust in Allah. Lo! He is the Hearer, the Knower.” In the saying of Prophet Muhammad, “Spread the peace among you. “

Today, we reiterate after Jesus Christ addressing Jerusalem: “If only you had known the path of peace this day” (Luke 19:42). As well let us remember the words of Saint John Paul II when he said?: “If peace is realized in Jerusalem, peace will be witnessed in the whole world” Simultaneously, in our prayer today, we repeatedly call after those who advocate peace:  “Blessed are the peace makers,” and “Call for the peace of Jerusalem”  as came in the Holy Scriptures.

Accordingly, we ask You, O Lord, for peace in the Holy Land, Palestine, and Jerusalem together with its people. We call on you to make Palestine and Jerusalem in particular  a secure land for all the believers, and a place for prayer and worship for the followers of the three monotheistic religions Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and for all those wishing to visit it as it is stated in the Holy Quran.   

O Lord, You are the peace and peace emanates from You. O God of Glory and Majesty grant us security and safety, and alleviate the suffering of my people in hometown and Diaspora.

O Lord, bring comprehensive and just peace to our country and region so that our people and the peoples of the Middle East and the whole world would enjoy the fruit of peace, stability and coexistence.

We want peace for us and for our neighbors. We seek prosperity and peace of mind for ourselves and for others alike. O Lord, answer our prayers and make successful our endeavors for you are most just, most merciful, Lord of the Worlds.