Vatican City, 27 October, 2023 / 11:20 am (ACI Africa).
Synod delegates gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday evening to pray the rosary for peace, amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.
Their prayer intentions focused on those killed, wounded, and displaced by war. The assembly’s members — a group that, for the first time, includes both bishops and lay people — also reflected on the past month’s work of the Synod, before the first session comes to a close this weekend.
Giuseppina de Simone, Synod delegate and professor of theology, opened the prayer service with a reflection on the work of the Synod.
“In these days of the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, we have experienced that it is really possible to seek together paths for the future, starting from different cultures and histories. We have been given the gift of experiencing unity in diversity in Christ,” said de Simone.
“We are here this evening from many different countries, some of which have taken up arms against each other. And through this Marian prayer, together, we want to demonstrate that it is possible to respect each other, meet and dialogue,” she continued.