By Barbara Chenevert
The Catholic Commentator
Calling peace a “precious gift,” Bishop Robert W. Muench has joined bishops throughout the United States in calling on Catholics to pray for peace and persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.
The call for prayer follows the lead of Pope Francis who has been a staunch advocate against war and the “intolerable suffering of those who only wish to live in peace, harmony and freedom in the land of their forefathers.”
“Recently in a poignant, compelling and heart-felt message, Pope Francis again urged us to pray for peace in Iraq, Gaza and other war-torn