This past Sunday, at the Angelus, the Holy Father spoke forcefully regarding the tragic events in Syria and declared a day of prayer and fasting on Saturday, September 7, asking, on the eve of the Nativity of the Blessed Mother, for Mary’s intercession in the conflict.
As you know, New England Jesuits in Amman staff our Jesuit Center, providing pastoral assistance to Catholics and other Christians in Jordan as well as having the care of a parish that serves the English speaking community, largely made up of domestic workers from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, India and other countries. At the Jesuit Center, the Jesuit Refugee Service office works to provide assistance to refugees from Syria along with refugees who remain displaced from the war in Iraq. The New England Province has close ties with the Near East Province of the Society of Jesus, and has heard the anguish of Syrian Jesuits who have, along with their families, suffered much in the civil war.
With the debate in this country about a possible military strike against Syria, the uncertain consequences of any action, and the ongoing desperate situation for civilians in Syria and Syrian refugees, I ask you to read Pope Francis’ comments (click here) and make this Saturday a special day of prayer and fasting as he asks.
Sincerely in Christ,
V. Rev. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ
Provincial, New England Province of Jesuits