Francis prays and fasts to ‘Mary’

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Pope Francis had called for a fast on the vigil of Mary’s “birthday” (which allegedly is this evening) to supposedly ask her to intervene in Syria.  Various Catholic land other leaders called for people to follow him in this (bolding in source):

September 7, 2013

Pope Francis isn’t eating much today—he’s fasting and praying for Syria, and hundreds of thousands of Christians across the globe are joining him.

Today, during a five-hour evening prayer service for Syria in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis challenged the tens of thousands gathered there to rethink approaches to conflict as the fighting in Syria escalates and as the United States and France contemplate a military strike…

The prayer service began when four Swiss guards processed through the square with the icon Salus Populi Romani, Mary, the Queen of Peace and the Protectress of the Roman people. The Pope led the Rosary recitation, a meditation, and a Eucharist ceremony. Bible readings from the Gospel of Luke focused on Mary, and thousands of people in the square followed along with a 51-page booklet the Vatican produced for the service. Priests heard confessions under the St. Peters colonnade…

The World Council of Churches, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and religious leaders around the world urged their followers to join the Pope’s call and spend Saturday in prayer.

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, in a Sept. 3 statement {said}

“As our nation’s leaders contemplate military action, it is particularly appropriate and urgent that we in the United States embrace the Holy Father’s call to pray and fast on September 7 for a peaceful end to the conflict in Syria and to violent conflicts everywhere,” they continued.

Cardinal Dolan is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Pates chairs the conference’s Committee on International Justice and Peace.

The two Church leaders echoed the words of Pope Francis, who called on the whole Catholic Church to take part in a day of fasting and prayer this Saturday, Sept. 7, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace…

Bishops from other countries have also embraced the Pope’s call for prayer and fasting.

Prayer vigils will be held in dioceses across Spain with the theme, “Vigil for Peace, United with Pope Francis.”

The Archdiocese of Madrid announced that all the Masses celebrated this Saturday will be offered for peace in Syria, and Bishop Demetrio Fernandez Gonzalez of Cordoba asked that church bells be rung at noon to remind Catholics to pray the Angelus to Mary Queen of Peace.

September 7, 2013

The Argentinian pope has called for a “cry for peace” from the Christians as whole as well as believers from other faiths and atheists.

Syria’s Sunni Muslim leader, Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, has called for Syrians to join in the prayers and the patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox, has said he is also backing the initiative, according to AFP news agency.

September 7, 2013

Tens of thousands of people have come to the Vatican on what the pontiff has declared a day of fasting and prayer in the name of peace. Speaking to the crowd Saturday, Francis said that when people withdraw into selfishness, the world fills with violence…

It is interesting that a Muslim leader, the World Council of Churches, and the leader of the Eastern Orthodox are supporting this Marian-oriented endeavor.  The Pope has an ecumenical view, and it is often focused on his version of ‘Mary.’

Here is a later update (than my original post here) on what happened:

The four-hour service in the Vatican included the praying of the rosary, and silent time of Eucharistic adoration. The crowd was estimated at more than 100,000…

7 pm — Vigil began

– The pope greeted the crowd

– The ancient hymn “Veni Creator” was sung, followed by Marian prayer to Our Lady Queen of Peace

– The Marian icon “Salus Populi Romani” (health of the Roman people) was carried by four Swiss Guards from the obelisk in the center of the square while two girls carried bouquets of flowers.

– The rosary was prayed with readings from the poetry of St. Therese of the Child Jesus.  The Pope has a special devotion to this young, Carmelite Saint beloved around the world.  She is also known as “The Little Flower.”

– Pope Francis gave his reflection

– Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

– Office of Readings. John 20:19-29  (25 minutes of prayerful silence, music)

– Eucharistic benediction

The event concluded at 11:00 p.m.

Here are some earlier words from Pope Francis about the vigil he wanted for this evening:

I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September next, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative…

Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may She help us to find peace; all of us are Her children! Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day to building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us! (Francis, Pope. September 1, 2013, as reported 09/03/13 by The Fatima Center)

The Bible does not teach that we are to pray to or fast to Mary.  The Pope seems to believe that prayers and fasts for ‘Mary’ may bring peace to Syria (see Pope Francis’ ‘solution’ to Syrian crisis will not work).

Actually, if the Pope wanted to call a fast this month, he should have considered calling one on the Day of Atonement which begins at sunset Friday, September 13, 2013.  This is the day that the New Testament refers to as “the Fast” (Acts 27:9).

Pope Francis is a big promoter of Mary as well as the apparition in Fatima.  He consecrated his pontificate to ‘Mary () and even further had his pontificate consecrated to the Lady of Fatima (Pope Francis’ pontificate consecrated to ‘Lady of Fatima’). He has also taken more earlier Marian steps than any recent pontiff.

Pope Francis is pushing a Marian agenda.

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