The horror of events unfolding in Darfur, to which my beloved predecessor Pope John Paul II referred on many occasions, points to the need for a stronger international resolve to ensure security and basic human rights. Today, I add my voice to the cry of the suffering and assure you that the Holy See … will continue to do everything possible to end the cycle of violence and misery.
Pope Benedict XVI, November 2005
Prayer for Darfur:
O God, You are our Creator, the Creator of all mankind.
You created us all equal, with the same dignity and therefore You want us to be brothers and sisters, to love and respect each other.
In Darfur there is no union, no love, no respect for the person.
Millions of people, children and elders, women and men, are living without dignity, suffering and dying.
Give them courage to bear their difficulties patiently and help and bless the organizations who put their efforts towards alleviating their sufferings.
Help those who work for peace, trying to convince the parties to put an end to the war.
Touch the hearts and enlighten the minds of the parties in war, so that they think of the good and welfare of the suffering people, instead of their personal good and interest.
O God, peace is your gift and You are the God of peace: bring peace in Darfur and put an end to the sufferings of innocent people.
-By Bishop Antonio Menegazzo, Bishop of Darfur