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Bishop prays for 'miracle' to avert new war in Iraq

BY CHRISTINA WHITE

AN ENGLISH bishop has said that a "miracle" is now required to stop military action against Iraq.

Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue of Lancaster said the fight against Iraq "could not be viewed in isolation". but had repercussions for the stability of nations and peace across the globe.

Next Sunday, the bishop will lead an interfaith prayer service for peace at St Peter's Cathedral, Lancaster, together with the Anglican Bishop of Blackburn, Alan Chesters, the chairman of the North Methodist District, Stephen Poxon, Praful Upadhyay of the Hindu community and Azra Butt, representing the local Muslim community. The service commences at 3pm and is open to people of all faiths.

"I think America has made up its mind to go in, regardless," the bishop told The Catholic Herald.

"You don't send 60,000 personnel half way round the world just to bring them home again.

"We do require a miracle and that's what we are looking for. We will pray for some sanity to be restored to the situation. Prayer and work for peace are the only avenues left open to us."




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