asked for “faithful, believers, and men and women of good will to come
together in prayer and fasting on April 3 and 4 to implore from God the
gift of peace and harmony in Iraq and throughout the world."
For his part,
the Holy Father invited “everyone to follow the initiative of our
brothers in that martyred land, entrusting this intention to the
intercession of Mary Most Holy, Queen of Peace."
his Sunday Angelus prayer, Pope Benedict echoed a request made recently
by His Beatitude Emmanuel III Delly, patriarch of Babylon of the
Chaldeans, as well as other Iraqi bishops, calling for two days of
prayer and fasting for peace in Iraq and throughout the world.