Bishops will celebrate the Vigil at St. Stephen's Church in Jerusalem; pope asks us to spiritually unite in this prayer.
Pope Francis is asking Churches around the world to pray and implore peace in the Holy Land, joining the celebration promoted by the Catholic ordinaries in the Holy City.
The Pentecost Vigil will be celebrated by Catholic Ordinaries at St. Stephen’s Church in Jerusalem.
Pope Francis made an appeal for Catholics around the world to spiritually join in this prayer, asking for peace to take root in the lands where Jesus lived.
The Holy Father expressed this invitation on May 21, at the end of his address to new non-resident Ambassadors accredited to the Holy See.
“My thoughts,” Pope Francis said, “turn to the events taking place these days in the Holy Land.
I thank God for the decision to halt the armed conflicts and acts of violence, and I pray for the pursuit of paths of dialogue and peace.
Tomorrow evening, the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, together with their faithful, will gather to celebrate the Vigil of Pentecost in Saint Stephen’s Church in Jerusalem and to implore the gift of peace.
“I take this opportunity,” added the Pope, “to ask all the pastors and faithful of the Catholic Church to unite themselves spiritually with this prayer.
May every community pray to the Holy Spirit that Israelis and Palestinians may find the path of dialogue and forgiveness, be patient builders of peace and justice, and be open, step by step, to a common hope, to coexistence among brothers and sisters.