Mosul, Iraq, Mar 7, 2021 / 02:20 am
Here is the full text of Pope Francis’ prayer of suffrage for the victims of the war, delivered March 7, 2021, at Hosh al-Bieaa (Church square) in Mosul, Iraq.
The Holy Father introduces the prayer:
Before we pray in this city of Mosul for all the victims of war, in Iraq and in the entire Middle East, I would like to share with you these thoughts:
If God is the God of life -- for so he is -- then it is wrong for us to kill our brothers and sisters in his Name.
If God is the God of peace -- for so he is -- then it is wrong for us to wage war in his Name.
If God is the God of love -- for so he is -- then it is wrong for us to hate our brothers and sisters.
Let us now join in praying for all the victims of war. May Almighty God grant them eternal life and unending peace, and welcome them into his fatherly embrace. Let us pray too for ourselves. May all of us -- whatever our religious tradition -- live in harmony and peace, conscious that in the eyes of God, we are all brothers and sisters.