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At the end of July, Christians throughout the world and pilgrims from Jerusalem prayed for peace within the walls of the Holy City.

To give thanks to the name of Yahweh.. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may those who love you prosper!> (Prayer from Psalm 122).

At the end of July, Christians throughout the world and the pilgrims of Jerusalem prayed for peace within and outside the walls of the Holy City.

Commissioner of the Holy Land- Brazil
“This is the fifteenth group that we are bringing through the Holy Land Commissariat, which includes Rio, Sao Paulo, Santa Catarina, Paraná and Espírito Santo: wherever we go, we pray for peace to reign in the Middle East and for all the different denominations to be able to persevere in the dialogue. Through dialogue, it is possible to reach an agreement and peaceful coexistence ..... it is not with weapons that we will get peace, but through dialogue, which is the best way to find Shalom, Salam, Peace.”

By walking through the streets and visiting the shrines, they testify that peace is possible.

“All of us, people from different cultures, ask for peace. We even met Chinese and Korean people. I believe there is nothing that best describes peace than Christ's steps during the Passion.”

“My name is Paul and I am from Uganda. I am here on a pilgrimage to follow the steps of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us - and I read it every day because I am Christian - that we must pray for peace in Jerusalem .......... whoever blesses Jerusalem will be blessed.”

“We are Polish, from Warsaw. The purpose of our pilgrimage is not only to visit the holy places, but we are also here to pray for peace; peace in the world, in our homes, but, above all, peace in the Holy Land.

” Some people light a candle, some light many more ... each one prays in their own language or with their own special expressions before God. A peculiarity of this group that came from Brazil is that, out of the fifty pilgrims, fifteen have hearing problems, but have found an effective system so they would not miss anything about the pilgrimage.

“It is wonderful and we want to thank the friars for this wonderful opportunity to visit Jerusalem with an interpreter ...

this was an exceptional experience. We are praying for the Holy City.” This is also a gesture of affection for Jerusalem ...

May peace be within your ramparts, prosperity within your towers.
” For the sake of my brothers and friends I say: “Peace be with you”.
For the sake of the house of the LORD, our God,
I pray for your good.> (Psalm 122: 6-9)

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