The violence that has been sweeping the nation of Egypt in recent days has already killed more than 50 people and threatens to send the entire country into collapse. Egyptians are protesting against President Mohammed Morsi's government for a variety of issues, from politics and the economy to religious freedom and human rights.
The Virgin Mary, who has appeared in Egypt several times through miraculous apparitions, must be grieving right now for Egypt -- and praying for peace there. Peace has been the main message of Mary's Egyptian's apparitions, such as the apparition at Assiut in 2000 and 2001, in which she was often accompanied by large, glowing white doves (the traditional symbol of peace).
I believe that change in Egypt -- and in any situation -- must first begin with prayer.
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