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Confronting the Reality of War; Cardinal Maida of Detroit Speaks on Outbreak of War

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    DETROIT, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit's archbishop, Cardinal Adam
 Maida, will ask parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit to consider opening
 their church buildings Thursday for quiet prayer and/or a brief service to
 pray for the military, their families, victims of the war, our country and our
 world.  On the outbreak of war, the cardinal issued the following statement
 late Wednesday evening.
     "As we confront the reality of war, let Scripture be our guide: Blessed
 are the peacemakers.  God bless and animate our leaders as we pray for peace
 and a speedy resolution to the conflict in Iraq.  We worry about the millions
 of innocent lives that are jeopardized whenever there is a war and we pray for
 our own American troops who are in harm's way.  We also need to be ready to
 work and pray for peace and justice throughout the Middle East. Within this
 season of Lent, prayer and fasting together are a very powerful source of
 intercession.  Given that this is the year of the rosary, I encourage
 Catholics -- in their homes and in their parishes -- to recite the rosary for
      Statement from Adam Cardinal Maida
      Archbishop of Detroit

SOURCE Archdiocese of Detroit

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