Holy Hour for Peace in the Middle East

Published on October 26, 2023

Join us for an hour of Prayer for Peace at St. John’s Church on this Friday evening at 7.30pm.

On this Friday, 27th October, when the Day of Prayer, Fasting, and Penance for Peace is observed, as called for by Pope Francis, the faithful of the Holy Family Parish in Gaza will join their prayers for peace to those of the rest of the world.

Those suffering men, women, and children already cry out to God every day, noted the parish priest, Fr. Romanelli. “They rise early in the morning and at 8.00am prepare the church for the first Mass. After that, divided into groups, they recite the Holy Rosary all day, while the afternoon is devoted to the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the celebration of the second Mass.” The extraordinary thing is that Catholics and Orthodox all participate.

Fr. Romanelli also thanked Pope Francis once again for his constant closeness.

“He calls us almost every afternoon,” said the parish priest of Gaza.  “He calls me, and if he doesn’t reach me, he calls the parish.  It’s a great sign of generosity, of goodness.  We know that he is close to the entire population, everyone without distinction.”