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Friday, November 13, 2015

Pray for the people of Paris and all of France.

No longer can any country be naive. The wolves are at the door and inside the house.

France is in lockdown. Pray for the people of Paris and all of France.
May God strengthen the first responders who provide assistance to the injured and quickness of mind to the security personnel to help them bring to justice all those responsible for the attacks.

Pray for the victims who have perished at the hands of wicked men. May they rest in peace. And, pray for their persecutors, that they may turn away from violence.

During this time of trial, may those directly affected by the attacks find consolation in the company of family and friends and in the knowledge that truth and justice will prevail. May God comfort the afflicted with the peace which only Christ can give. May Catholics be a beacon of strength, hope and consolation to their fellow countrymen.

Failing conversion from doing evil, may the true God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—confuse the enemies of peace and bring to justice those who promote terrorism. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Mary, Mother of Consolation, pray for your children.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for your children.
Saint Denis, Bishop of Paris and patron saint of France, pray for your brethren.
Holy angels of God, pray for them.

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UPDATE - 18.11.15—Note the name of the district of Paris where the attackers were holed up. No police casualties have been reported.
SAINT-DENIS, France - A woman wearing an explosive suicide vest blew herself up Wednesday as heavily armed police tried to storm a suburban Paris apartment where the suspected mastermind of last week's gun and bomb rampage was believed to be holed up, police said.

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