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Jesus pathCOVER CHRISTUS REX INC. THE HOLY FAMILY JESUS JOSEPH AND MARY FLEE TO EGYPT PRINTED WITH PERMISSIONTODAY:Egypt, the land that welcomed the Holy Family as they fled from the wrath of Herod, has fared even worse. An estimated 40 churchesMoreJesus pathCOVER CHRISTUS REX INC. THE HOLY FAMILY JESUS JOSEPH AND MARY FLEE TO EGYPT PRINTED WITH PERMISSIONTODAY:Egypt, the land that welcomed the Holy Family as they fled from the wrath of Herod, has fared even worse. An estimated 40 churches have been looted, burned or destroyed during the period hopefully hailed as “Arab Spring.”Shortly before the uprisings, Egypt was working on a pilgrim’s road tracing the footsteps of Christ in Egypt. While most of us are only acquainted with the brief passage in the Gospel alluding to His sojourn in Egypt, the Coptic Christians have charted the path of the Holy Family in the first Gentile land to experience the presence of the Savior.www.zenit.orgPRINTED WITH PERMISSIONIMAGES OF THE HOLY FAMILY IN EGYPTINTERCESSION OF OUR LADYLIGHT OF AN ANGELPEACE FOR SYRIA PRAYERSPhrases in quotes in the prayers have been sent to Aid to the Church in Need from people in Syria. Some of the authors are named, others must remain anonymous.)Prayer and Intercession for Peace in SyriaGod of Compassion,Hear the cries of the people of SyriaComfort those who suffer violenceConsole those who mourn the deadGive strength to Syria’s neighbouring countries to welcome the refugeesConvert the hearts of those who have taken up armsAnd protect those who are committed to peace.God of hope,Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with their enemiesInflame the Universal Church with compassion for the people of SyriaAnd give us hope for a future built on justice for allWe ask this through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace and Light of the world.AmenFirst day: Hear the outcry of the Syrian people“Suffering has gone beyond bounds. The whole of Syria has become a battlefield. Every aspect of democracy, human rights, freedom, secularism and citizenship is lost from view and noone cares. The crisis has mown down thousands upon thousands of soldiers, opponents, civilians, men, women, children, Muslim sheikhsand Christian priests.” Patriarch Gregor III. LahamWe pray for peace in Syria. We pray that weapons would be silenced. We pray for an end to all violence and all armed conflict. We pray with the Holy Father, all of us united: Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for Syria, pray for us.(August 30, 2013) © Innovative Media Inc.WWW.ZENIT.ORGSyria plays a fascinating role in the apostolic history of the Church.Saul was on the road to Damascus when the encounter with Christ changed his life and, ultimately, the world.In Rome, pilgrims tread in the footsteps of St. Peter every day, going from his residence on the Esquiline to the site of his death and burial at the Vatican, while the fateful road to Damascus –The path of conversion par excellence -- is being crushed under tanks.The ancient garrison town of Dura Europos in Syria, albeit long since excavated (and its treasures exported), contains the oldest extant domus ecclesia or Christian “home church,”as well as a third-century Jewish synagogue, and a pagan cult cell, all situated side by side.It would be a sad irony if this testimony of peaceful co-existence was obliterated by war.Historians of Romanesque art are always delighted by the images of the Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers, built during the 12th century for the Knights Hospitaler.