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July 31, 2012, 2:37 pm

Owen Benway, Age 9, Oxford, MA

OXFORD, MA - Nine year old, Owen Benway is fighting for his life. Authorities say the childrens father, 41-year-old Daryl Benway, separated from his wife just weeks before opening fire Saturday at the familys home in Oxford, 60 miles south of Boston.

Daryl Benway also killed his 7 year old daughter and then turned the gun on himself. He is in critical condition.

Lord, we pray for the Benway family and all families terrorized by a mentally ill parent.
Holy family of Nazareth supply for their spiritual and temporal needs so that they may receive the assistance they need to avert tragedy and live a normal healthful life. May all children everywhere be safe from harm and abuse in their homes so that they might have a long and blessed life according to God's plan. Amen

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July 27, 2012, 6:06 pm

Robert, Darryll and Melyssa Syracuse, NY

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A hospital official says two people remain in critical condition and a third has been upgraded to stable condition after a one-car crash in Syracuse earlier this week.

Hospital spokesman Darryl Geddes says Robert McGann age 21, was alive Wednesday morning but in critical condition.

Police say McGann was the front-seat passenger in a car that struck a utility pole and a tree along a Syracuse street early Monday morning. Geddes say the driver of the vehicle, 20-year-old Darryl Trapps is in critical condition while another passenger, 19-year-old Melyssa Turner, is in stable condition.

Lord, we pray for Robert, Darryl and Melyssa. Provide the healing mercy they need at this time. We also pray for all those suffering this day and those who care for them. Use their suffering for the good of souls and provide miracles according to your perfect will for nothing is impossible in your name. Amen

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July 25, 2012, 12:43 am

Bishop Macram Max Gassis' Urgent Appeal

Comboni Mission, Sudan - Bishop Macram Gassis is traveling the world inviting all countries and religions to support the Sudanese people to avert a humanitarian tragedy without precedent. Bishop Gassis is imploring all governments to seek peace and stability in the Sudan so that humanitarian efforts can be resumed.

The book of Micah reminds us: "You have been told, O man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you: 'Only to do the right and love goodness and to walk humbly with your God.'" Micah 6:8

Lord, touch the hearts of all peoples to seek goodness by helping the people of Sudan during this grave time of famine and political oppression. Send the resources they need so peace and basic human rights may be restored in their country. Protect the women and children, who are homeless and starving, from further political oppression and endangerment.

Bless all humanitarian efforts so effective solutions may be found to help the millions who are facing death. May your mercy triumph over greed, misuse of political power and blatant disregard of human life.

Lord, hear the cry of the poor...

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July 20, 2012, 7:46 pm

Aurora, CO Victims and Wounded of Mass Shooting

Aurora, CO - James Holmes, age 24, suspected of shooting up an Aurora, Colorado movie theater screening the new Batman film early Friday, killing 12 and wounding 59, also left his apartment rigged with traps, police said. Investigators are confident that Holmes acted alone.

The shooting unfolded inside a darkened theater packed with Batman fans, some in costume for the premiere of the movie "The Dark Knight Rises." Screaming, panicked moviegoers scrambled to escape from the black-clad gunman, who wore a gas mask and randomly shot as he walked up the theater's steps, witnesses said.

In Aurora, the agonized seek answers through faith.

Holmes surrendered without resistance within minutes of the first calls from panicked moviegoers reporting a shooting inside the Century 16 theater. Holmes is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, court officials said.

Lord, grant eternal rest to all those who died from this attack on innocent life and grant healing to those who are wounded. Strengthen the faith of all thier families and loved ones at this difficult time.

We also remember in prayer all those in need of mental health services, those possessed by rage and who seek the destruction of human life. May they receive the help they need and a total conversion of heart, mind, body and soul.

Lord, protect all life from conception to natural death. Grant your children divine protection, intervention and deliverance from all senseless killing now and in the future. Amen

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July 17, 2012, 5:50 pm

Freedom and Deliverance of the Syrian People

Syria - Crimes against humanity perpetrated by Syrian government in 2011 and 2012 remind us of historic abuses of human freedom and crimines against humanity. Syrian government has used excessive force against protestors and families living in distressed humanitarian conditions.

The Syrian governments violent response to protests since mid-March has left over 5,400 people dead as of 10 January 2012, including at least 300 children, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Thousands more have been wounded, arbitrarily arrested, tortured and disappeared as protestors and their families within and outside of Syria have been targeted. Under-Secretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe informed Security Council members on 27 April 2011 that sources in Syria were consistently reporting the use of artillery fire against unarmed civilians; door-to-door arrest campaigns; the shooting of medical personnel who attempt to aid the wounded; raids against hospitals, clinics and mosques and the purposeful destruction of medical supplies and arrest of medical personnel.

Over ten thousand refugees fled the country since March, many to Lebanon and Turkey, as noted in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Commission of Inquirys report to the General Assembly published on 23 November 2011. Amnesty International stated in its 24 October report that wounded civilians seeking medical treatment in at least four hospitals faced torture and other forms of ill-treatment from security officials and medical staff.

Additionally, medical professionals attempting to help the wounded engaged in protests were threatened with arrest and torture. Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported as early as June that the attacks by the government reached the level of crimes against humanity in multiple cities across Syria, such as Daraa and Homs.

Later on 15 December HRW named over 70 Syrian commanders who imposed a shoot to kill policy against protestors, making clear that these crimes were knowingly committed against the civilian population.

In January 2012, violence in Syria escalated as evidenced by reports of a massacre in the district of Karm al-Zeitoun on 26 January which resulted in the death of more than 74 Syrian citizens over two days. Further reports were released by HRW on 3 February stating that authorities had detained and tortured children with impunity.

Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have triumphed over man's inhumanity to man. Set the people of Syria free from all oppression and abuse and let your Holy Spirit convert hearts and restore governments that will champion the rights of all women and children and all men to the basic freedoms of health and well-being; protection of life and the pursuit of happiness as God intented.

Lord, visit your justice on those who oppress the widow, orphan and the neglected. Protect the life and freedom of the people of Syria and all nations who desire life and the pursuit of happiness under God with religious freedom for all. For those who do not respect life reign down your justice and spirit so they might be converted and chastised according to your perfect will. May your mercy reign forever until all nations are converted to your way, your truth and your life. Amen

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July 13, 2012, 3:58 pm

4 month old Baby in Critical Condition

Prescott, AZ - A 4-month-old girl is in serious condition after she was brought into a Scottsdale fire station not breathing.

Scottsdale police Officer David Pubins said the fire station received the call Thursday afternoon for a baby who wasn't breathing near Pima and Hualapai. Before the crew could get out of the station at Pima and Thompson Peak, the baby's father arrived at the station with the infant.

Pubins said CPR was conducted and the child was taken to SHC Shea. Her condition is considered life-threatening.

Police are investigating the cause.

Lord, remember all infants this day who are struggling with life-threatening conditions. Inspire the medical professionals who are attending them with the best course of treatment and console their families with your divine peace and wisdom, which transcends human understanding. Into your hands we commend their health and well-being. Amen

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July 10, 2012, 5:52 pm

David Shoemaker, Age 23, Pittsfield, MA

Pittsfield, MA - A man was struck by a train over the weekend and is listed in critical condition today at Albany Medical Center.

David Shoemaker, 23, of Pittsfield, suffered multiple skull fractures and amputations early Saturday morning when he was run over by a freight train. Police havent determined why Shoemaker was on the CSX Railroad tracks near Silver Lake Boulevard.

When rescuers arrived around 2:45 a.m., Shoemaker was under one of the cars toward the end of the 19-car train, according to a report by the Pittsfield Fire Department. He was taken to Berkshire Medical Center and later to Albany Medical Center in New York.

Shoemaker is the second man struck by a train this year in Pittsfield.

Lord, grant your mercy and powerful healing to David and his family at this critical time, as well as to the doctors and nurses who attend him. Inspire them with your wisdom and grace as You work through them. We entrust David to your mercy and love. Thy perfect will be done.

We also pray for all those who have asked our prayers and for all those in most need of God's Mercy:

"Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase your mercy in us that in difficult moments we might not despair, nor become despondent, but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself." - from the Closing Prayer of the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy.

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July 6, 2012, 7:44 pm

Karlisha L. Randolph, Age 24, Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ - Police have identified Karlisha L. Randolph as the 24-year-old pregnant woman who died overnight after a suspected impaired driver ran a red light at a Phoenix intersection and caused a rollover.

Randolph's baby was delivered successfully, but was in critical condition, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department.

A 21-year-old man was driving a 1997 Volvo south on 35th Avenue when he turned in front of a city bus and then drove west on Dunlap Avenue.

The man turned back onto 39th Avenue and was driving south when he ran a red light on Northern Avenue and struck a 2001 Suzuki. The collision caused the Suzuki to roll over, Thompson said.

A 43-year-old woman in the Suzuki was driving Randolph, who was nine months pregnant, and Randolph's two sons, who are 7 and 2. All four were taken to a hospital, Thompson said.

Randolph's mother and the two children do not have life-threatening injuries, police said.

Lord, we pray for the Randolph family and all families who have suffered a loss this week. In your mercy and love Lord, grant eternal life to those who have died and your healing
consolation to their families.

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July 3, 2012, 8:06 pm

Our Nation's Intentions July 4th 2012

Washington, DC - Let us remember our many blessings and all those who have served our country to defend our freedoms over the years as we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of our great Nation. Let us ask for continued wisdom and grace on all our endeavors so that they may be in keeping with the Lord's will for us as individuals and as a Nation.

On July 4th, 1861 Rev. Byron Sunderland, D.D. offered the following prayer in the Senate:

"Almighty and everlasting God, be not angry with us for our sins, which we only confess and deplore; but pardon our offenses and extend to us Thy favor. We thank Thee for Thy goodness on this anniversary of the nation a day tenfold more precious by reason of our present troubles, and sacred to the heart for the ever memorable Declaration of our fathers, in which Thou didst begin more openly to give us a name among the nations of the earth. We thank Thee for all Thy manifold and abundant mercies hitherto to make our nation exceedingly great and glorious; but now disasters have befallen us and darkness broods in the land. And now we ask Thy mercy as the Senate is convening at a most momentous crisis of our history. Give to Thy servants all needed help. Add to their deliberations wisdom and unanimity, and profit and speed to their conclusion. Bless Thy servant, the President of the United States, our veteran Commander-in- Chief, and all that have functions in the civil and military power. May the angel of Thy presence walk in the Cabinet and in the Congress and in the camp, to go before, to purify, and to direct the now greatly and universally-awakened love of country. And we beseech Thee to guide us, to overrule and order all things, and so to cause that nothing shall fail, that the disorders of the land may be speedily healed, that peace and concord may prevail, that truth and righteousness may be established, and that Thy Church and Kingdom may flourish in a larger peace and prosperity, for Thy Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ's sake. Amen." (Source: Congressional Globe, 37th Congress, first session, new series, 1, 4 July 1861.)

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