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Now is the time for prayer.
Now is the time for prayer, for Ariel Sharon, who is gravely ill, and for Israel.
Various political figures from around the world have sent their good wishes for his recovery, but I have read no reference to a response by any Church leaders. This doesn't necessarily mean that none have sent a message. It may simply be that the writer of the article has not included them. On the other hand, if the Pope or the Archbishop of Canterbury had sent a message of good will or an offer of prayers, surely it would deserve a mention?
At least a few Christians have written here, offering their prayers.
Benedict's comment was in response to a question about the situation in the Middle East, after Sharon suffered a massive stroke Wednesday evening that made his return to power unlikely and prompted widespread anxiety about the future of the peace process in the region.
"We pray for peace in the Holy Land, so that the Lord will grant them durable peace," Benedict was quoted as saying by the Apcom and ANSA news agencies. However, Benedict did not refer directly to Sharon.
Further update. Pat Robertson, described as a 'Christian broadcaster', who appears to be deranged, suggests that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine punishment for ``dividing God's land.''
...the evangelist said he had personally prayed about a year ago with Sharon, whom he called ``a very tender-hearted man and a good friend.'' He said he was sad to see Sharon in this condition.
But he's not praying for him now.