Syro-Orthodox Metropolitan Archbishop explains that his community welcomes the Holy Father’s invitation for prayer and fasting.
This is why, the Archbishop told Fides, “we welcome the Holy Father’s invitation. Our common prayer is much needed so that peace can prevail. Fasting is necessary to convert the heart and implore the intervention and the grace of Christ. Fasting and praying together, today: this is our mission. I am comforted because I see that many people in the world understand the situation and the urgency of peace.”
Metropolitan Matta Roham reported to Fides that he has asked “the entire Christian Syrian Orthodox community in Syria but also the communities in diaspora around the world, to join in collective prayer and fasting, in the name of Christ, to implore the gift of peace.”
As reported to Fides by the Archbishop, who in coming weeks will travel to Lebanon and Turkey for pastoral reasons, Orthodox and Protestant communities of different confessions in Lebanon and other Middle Eastern nations are mobilizing to pray and fast together on Saturday, September 7.