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Assisi. Giornata di preghiera e di riflessione per la pace in SIRIA

The Bishop of Assisi with the Franciscan Families and the entire Diocese,

the Mayor of Assisi with the public institutions and various associations of the City,

the Tavola della Pace (Table for Peace),Rete della Pace (Network for Peace),

invite you to:

A Day of Prayer and Reflection

for peace in SYRIA

Friday, April 27, 2018

In order that the weapons cease and the dialogue reopens

for this reason, with Franciscan humility, we feel authrorized to send an

Open letter to

António Gutierrez

Secretary-General of the United Nations

What has happened recently worries us a great deal. We have been powerless for many years in the face of the "slaughter of the innocent" that continues to occur in Syria, a paradigmatic conflict of war carried out for personal interest, money, resources, and the domination of others. The sufferings and the grief that international bodies such as the World Health Organization have documented in

Ghouta and Douma strongly challenge our consciences and forbid us to remain indifferent and silent in the face of such great hatred, which only destroys life, especially the lives of the littlest ones who pay the greatest price.

We want to give voice to the pain of the many victims, especially children, that clamors for 
pity and peace; at the same time we are asking for an end to the conflict between the parties that seems to know only the path of violence, employing conventional weapons or even those banned by
international treaties. On the basis of this same international jurisprudence, as well as the faith that animates us, we believe that the violence can not be stemmed by further interventions that only cause an escalation of the armed conflict and are certainly not in the interests of justice and the protection of the innocent.
The city of Assisi, which has as its vocation the promotion of peace and has been in the past a protagonist for fraternal gestures, yet again desires to serve as an instrument of peace. Assisi wishes to offer hospitality within its own sacred space, which resounds with Franciscan humility, for encounters of mediation in order to foster a dialogue among all the parties involved in the Syrian conflict, hoping t end the atrocious sufferings to which so many defenseless citizens have been subjected for so long.
We address you, Secretary General Gutierrez, in order to overcome the ‘logic of the veto’ and thus ensure the presence of important UN personnel on this territory concerned with the protection ofpopulations, the access to humanitarian aid, and especially the welfare of children.
We wish to inform you that on the 27th of every month the ecclesial community of Assisi proposes to believers of every faith to gather in prayer in order to ask for the gift of peace, in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi who offered to each person he met the invocation: "May the Lord give you peace". This monthly initiative is an echo of what Saint John Paul II proposed on October 27, 1986, when he convened in Assisi the representatives of the world's religions. That event did not remain 
On April 27th the communities will gather in Assisi and in many other parts of the world to implore the gift of peace from the one God, for SYRIA and for the many other areas of conflict in the world. We trust that all humanity shares in this desire for peace and brotherhood. With profound gratitude and also grateful for what we wish to accomplish, we give you a cordial greeting of ‘peace and every good’ from the City of St. Francis and St. Clare, witnesses and makers of of peace still today. 
Domenico Sorrentino                                                                                        Stefania Proietti
Bishop                                                                                                               Mayor                                                                                                                                          

Mauro Gambetti, Custode del Sacro Convento OFMConv

Claudio Durighetto, Ministro Provinciale OFM Matteo Siro,

Ministro Provinciale OFMCapp Angelo Gentile,

Ministro Provinciale T.O.R. Ivana Stella,

Ministro regionale OFS Le sorelle Clarisse di Assisi Tonio dell’Olio,

Presidente della Pro-Civitate Christiana e della Commissione “Spirito di Assisi”

Flavio Lotti, Tavola della Pace Sergio Bassoli, Rete della Pace

Assisi 14 aprile 2018

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