U.S. Bishops’ President and Chairman of International Justice and Peace Issue Holy Week Call to Prayer for an End to the Israel-Hamas War

| 03/24/2024

By: The Good Newsroom

“As Christians, we are rooted in the hope of the resurrection, and so we pray for a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land”

Palestinians inspect a mosque destroyed in Israeli strikes in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, October 8, 2023, a day after a brutal attack on Israel by more than 1,300 Hamas terrorists that left more than 1,200 Israelis and other nationals dead. Hamas took more than 200 others, including about 30 children, hostage and brought them back into Gaza.
Palestinians inspect a mosque destroyed in Israeli strikes in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, October 8, 2023, a day after a brutal attack on Israel by more than 1,300 Hamas terrorists that left more than 1,200 Israelis and other nationals dead. Hamas took more than 200 others, including about 30 children, hostage and brought them back into Gaza. More than 30,000 Gaza Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the Israel-Hamas war, Gaza's Health Ministry said. (OSV News photo/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa, Reuters)

WASHINGTON – Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and president of the U.S. Conference of Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop A. Elias Zaidan of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon, the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace call on the faithful to renew their prayers during Holy Week for an end to the Israel-Hamas war.

“As the Church enters Holy Week and Christ’s suffering on the cross and his resurrection are made present to us so vividly, we are connected to the very source of hope. It is that hope that spurs us to call on Catholics here in the United States and all those of good will to renew their prayers for an end to the raging Israel-Hamas war.

“Thousands of innocent people have died in this conflict, and thousands more have been displaced and face tremendous suffering. This must stop. As the Holy Father recently said, ‘One cannot move forward in war. We must make every effort to negotiate, to negotiate, to end the war.’ To move forward, a cease-fire and a permanent cessation of war and violence is absolutely necessary. To move forward, those held hostage must be released and civilians must be protected. To move forward, humanitarian aid must reach those who are in such dire need.  

“As Christians, we are rooted in the hope of the resurrection, and so we pray for a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land.”

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