Monday, July 24, 2006

Catholics pray for peace in Middle East

By Arlo Wagner
The Washington Times
July 24, 2006

Catholic churches across the region responded yesterday to Pope Benedict XVI's international call for prayers of peace in the Middle East.

More than 1,100 worshippers attended a noon Mass in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast that was celebrated by Archbishop of Washington Donald W. Wuerl.

"Today we can all be justifiably alarmed that the violence so visible in Lebanon and Israel is qualitatively different from just a year ago because of a new level of weaponry and the wider range of destruction," the archbishop said.


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