News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

September 6, 2013

Pope calling for day of fasting, praying for peace

TERRE HAUTE — Pope Francis is asking all Catholics to join him Saturday in praying and fasting for peace in Syria, the Middle East and throughout the world.

Catholics in Vigo and Clay counties will gather at three locations as part of the Vigil for Peace, said Father Rick Ginther, pastor at St. Patrick’s and St. Margaret Mary churches in Terre Haute. People of other religions are invited to participate, he said.

• St. Joseph University Parish in Terre Haute will offer a structured prayer service from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

• Annunciation Parish in Brazil will have a less structured period of prayer from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• St. Patrick’s in Terre Haute will offer a vigil from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in conjunction with St. Mary-of-the-Woods Village, Sacred Heart and St. Benedict churches. Each hour, a pastoral leader from the participating parishes will lead a formal prayer and reflection on peace.

The remainder of each hour at St. Patrick’s will be devoted to personal prayer and silence. The five hours will conclude with Benediction at 5:45 p.m., and the 6 p.m. Mass will then be offered for peace, Ginther said.

From 7 p.m. to midnight, a vigil will take place in St. Peter’s Square.

Archbishop Joseph Tobin of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis has asked all parishes to join in prayer Saturday.

According to Tobin’s letter to the archdiocese, when the pope spoke about the civil war in Syria on Sunday, “He did not mince words in condemning the obscenity of that slaughter, particularly, the apparent use of chemical weapons that resulted in the massacre of hundreds, including many innocent children. However, he will not allow that tragedy to justify the additional violence that would result from the intervention of other nations, including the United States.”

Instead, Pope Francis “uses the terrible images of war and the specter of an ever-widening circle of violence to remind each of us of our responsibilities, first, as human beings and then, as disciples of Jesus Christ,” Tobin wrote.

Pope Francis repeated the teaching of Pope John XXIII who, 50 years ago, wrote that it is the responsibility of every individual to work for peace by establishing new relationships in this world “under the mastery of guidance of justice and love,” according to Tobin’s letter.

“Peacemaking is not simply the task of those in government or delegates at the United Nations. Rather, all of us have the responsibility for ending conflict. As a song asks of God: let there be peace on Earth … and let it begin with me,” Tobin wrote.

The archbishop’s full letter can be found at

Participants in the St. Patrick Service on Saturday are:

• Father Rick Ginther — 1 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

• Father Matthew Malek, associate pastor of St. Benedict — 2 p.m.

• Sister Joan Slobig, parish life coordinator, St. Mary-of-the-Woods Village  — 3 p.m.

• Barb Black, Sacred Heart parish, 4 p.m.

Sue Loughlin can be reached at 812-231-4235 or


Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best
NDN Video
LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB'

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010