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The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council invites all people of good will to use these days of Holy Week to reflect on the message of Easter.

Bishop William Morris, Chairman of the ACSJC said, “The message of Easter is that through suffering and death can come peace, joy and new life.  As we witness the horror and destruction of war and the ongoing instability in Iraq, we stand in solidarity with those who are suffering.  Let us enter into the anguish of these people and pray that a new Iraq will emerge from this chaos, providing a safe and free homeland for its people.

“With authority grounded in humility Jesus knelt and washed the feet of his disciples.  Let us in humility kneel and serve through our prayer and our readiness to contribute to the rebuilding and stability of a new Iraq, and to an ongoing and true peace in our world.  

“We recall the words of Pope John XXIII, that ‘the world will not be in peace until peace has found a home in the heart of every person’.

“During these days of Easter, we pray for world peace.  We pray for the Iraqi people, that they will recover quickly and that order and stability will be restored to their country.  We pray for political leaders that wisdom will prevail in the negotiations about the future of Iraq.  We pray for the members of the Australian Defence Force still in the region that they may come safely home.”