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March 20, 2003

Catholic Parishes Asked to Offer Opportunities for Special Prayers

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will celebrate Mass and offer prayers for peace regarding the conflict with Iraq.

Friday, March 21, 2003
12 Noon
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The Cardinal will give the homily at Mass. In a statement issued this morning, Cardinal Bevilacqua said "This marks a very difficult and painful time for the United States, its allies and the people of Iraq; indeed, for the people of the entire world. My immediate thoughts and prayers go to innocent civilians who may find themselves in danger. Now is a time for prayer and a more intense commitment to prayer."

Cardinal Bevilacqua has asked that all 282 Catholic parishes in the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia provide opportunities for people to gather in special prayers for peace.

Editor's Note: Reporters and stil cameras are permitted in the Cathedral with limited movement. Video cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral during Mass. A video and audio mult-box feed will be in use. Crews will need a bnc connector and a recording deck. Access to mult-box via Cathedral parking lot. Enter on 17th Street between Race and Vine.

Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications

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