University Responds to Pope’s Call for Prayers for Peace in Syria

Oct 1, 2013

Pope Francis called Christians, members of other religious traditions, and those with no religious affiliation to spend time fasting and praying/reflecting Saturday, Sept. 7, in support of peace in Syria. The Pope, and the Vatican generally, will dedicate 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. (time in Rome) to this cause.

The University of Scranton is organizing a local/campus response to the Pope’s call. Those who are able are asked to join in prayer and fasting Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (East Coast time, U.S.), simultaneous with the Roman schedule.

At 1 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel on campus, the University will offer prayers and readings devoted to peace and justice. The chapel will then remain open for private prayer and quiet reflection until 5 p.m., when a Mass will be celebrated by Rev. I. Michael Bellafiore, S.J., instructor in theology/religions studies.

For additional information, contact Christian Krokus, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology/religious studies, at

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