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Leading a 5-hour prayer vigil from 7 PM to 12 MN at St. Peter's Square in Rome, the Roman Catholic pontiff, Pope Francis I, raised his voice of conscience in opposition to the coming world conflagration, now known merely as the War in Syria. This coincides with US Daylight Eastern Standard Time of 1 PM to 6 PM Saturday, September 7, 2013.
Ten years ago, Pope John Paul II led a similar prayer vigil in opposition to the Iraq War, to no avail. Then, as now, hundreds of thousands of Christians living in Iraq were put to flight by the onslaught of the Shiite Islamic fundamentalists, while being protected by the moderate Sunni secular government. The only difference today is that thousands of Christians living in Syria will be put to flight by the onslaught of the Sunni Islamic fundamentalists, while being protected by a moderate Shiite secular government instead. The common denominator of both wars is that Christians will be put to flight, to the sword, or to the cellar, by Islamic fundamentalists of either side.
Between Iraq and Syria, lay the ruins of Libya and the boiling cauldron of Egypt.
The question thus comes to the fore. If the Roman Pontiff is sincerely against the war against Christians in the Middle East, is he truly so helpless and powerless as he has proven himself to be? Or, did he FAIL in his stewardship for too long, that he has lost the fire to move heaven and earth to make a stand for the innocent and the pure?
If the Vigil for Peace ends with the Angelus Prayers of September 7, then we know that the Catholic ministry is dying of old age, and that its cry for peace is nothing but a last whimper of hope. But if instead, September 7 marks the beginning of an all out ministry for change, with true missionaries of peace preaching and marching in every country in the world, demanding rather than pleading for peace, peace as a birthright from the Creator of mankind, as an inalienable right, rather than a privilege bestowed on the servants of power, then we know, and everyone will know, that indeed somewhere behind all the vestments and rites, may after all be a real power that can truly change the world.