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June 26th: APOSTOLIC VICARIATE OF SOUTHERN ARABIA OBSERVES A DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE MARTYRS OF YEMEN

 

26 June 2018 (Abu Dhabi):  Today, the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia observes a “Day of Prayer in Memory of the Modern Martyrs of Yemen” in other parts of our Vicariate.

 

This year, following the appeal of the Bishop Paul, faithful throughout the Vicariate are asked to mark the Day of Prayer with special prayers for peace. Let us remember and pray for all the faithful who have been martyred for their faith particularly the Mother Theresa Sisters murdered in Hodeidah in 1998 and in Aden in 2016. According to the directive of Bishop Paul 26th will be a day of prayer for our parish, we will light a candle after the morning mass in the cathedral. All parishioners are invited to spend some time in prayer and after the 7 p.m. mass the day of prayer with Eucharistic Adoration and blessing at 8.30 pm.  A candle will be lit in the St. Joseph's Cathedral after the morning Mass to declare the prayer session open, which will remain burning till evening.

 

Every year on 26 June, the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia holds a "Day of Prayer in Memory of the Modern Martyrs of Yemen" where, in addition to praying for peace and freedom of the Church in Yemen, the faithful also remember those killed for their faith in that country, especially the three sisters killed in Hodeidah (27 July 1998) and the four sisters massacred in Aden (4 March 2016) and all members of the Missionaries of Charity. 

 

Bishop Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia, has urged all the faithful of the Vicariate to pray for peace in the war-torn nation of Yemen. 

 

Day by day, the humanitarian crisis continues to worsen. With the present fighting centered around the port of Hodeidah, the life-line access for most of country's aid is at risk of being cut off.

 

On Sunday 17 July, after the midday angelus, Pope Francis appealed to the international community to do "everything possible to bring all the parties involved to the negotiating table so that the already tragic humanitarian situation does not get worse.” 

 

 



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