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TO ALL THE BELIEVERS IN THE PROMISE TO ABRAHAM "OUR FATHER IN THE FAITH" AND
TO ALL " THE PEACE-MAKERS": INVITATION LETTER TO THE FORTY DAYS OF PRAYER,
FAST AND ACTIONS FOR THE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND WORLDWIDE

FROM JUNE 23 TO AUGUST 2, 2017


Dear Friends,

The Associazione Sposa di Sion, born twelve years ago in the Milanese Diocese, proposes paths of Spiritual
growth and humanitarian services in accordance with the Catholic Church values.

In particular, it is involved for the attainment of the peace in the Middle East region and in the nations
burdened by situations of struggle.

The devastating wars in the Middle East, the continuous increase of people and nations involved in armed
conflicts among the five continents, the worldwide growth of the military expenses and the proliferation of
the weapons of mass destruction-related, is pushing the humanity, a footstep after the other, toward the
holocaust of a third world war, fought, for now, as Pope Francis states " in pieces and chapters."

We are aware that the causes of these conflicts must be sought in the thirst of profit of lobbying determining
the Nation’s aggressive policies; in the inequities and in the abuses made regimes, in the love of money and
in the contempt of the value of the human dignity. Therefore, with Pope Francis, we say: "No to an economy
of the exclusion. No to the new idolatry of money. No to a financial system which rules rather than serves.
No to the inequality which spawns violence!"
We are also aware of how at the origin of these inequities and that violence, there is the presence of
"spiritual dark forces" that only the power of the prayer, with faith, and love can stop. These considerations
form the basis of " The Spiritual plan of peace" for the Middle East and for the whole world: the plan we
invite you to support.

God promised to Abraham, our father in the faith, descendants as numerous as " the stars of the sky" and
"the sand of the sea" and that, in him, He would have blessed all the families of the earth.

To all the believers in this Promise and to all who want the peace, whatever language, people, nation and
religion they belong, we ask, during these Forty Days, to join the prayer in their own homes and in their
places of worship to implore from the one and only God, Forgiving and Merciful, the great gift of peace for
the Middle East and for the whole world.

We can all consider in complete freedom which forms of abstinence and fast to adopt in these days to give
great strength to our own commitment to prayer.

Last year, the Latin Patriarchy in Jerusalem also supported this initiative, giving its own approval and
agreement. Here enclosed you can find the text of the Prayer of Consecration of the Children of Abraham
and of the Lands and Nations of the Middle East said last April 3 rd, 2016 in Jerusalem in the Basilica of the
Gethsemane. It can be used as basic prayer for these Forty Days.
We cordially greet You and we invite to spread this initiative of peace worldwide.

Greetings of peace!

On Behalf of Associazione Sposa di Sion
The President
Angelo Ansalone



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