Christians invited to pray for end to Gaza conflict

lights-peace-praying(Vatican Radio)  Christians around the world are invited this Sunday to join in prayers for peace in the Holy Land where an Israeli ground offensive is underway in Gaza to root out Hamas militants responsible for rocket fire into Israel.  The conflict, which has entered its 13th day, has claimed hundreds of Palestinian lives and those of several Israelis.

Not long into the conflict, leaders of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land, the Catholic Ordinaries, issued a strong statement condemning the hostilities, the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and the series of injustices they say lay at the root of the unrest.