After praying the Angelus on Sunday morning, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his "profound concern" with which he was following recent events in Honduras:
"I would like today to invite you to pray for that dear country so that, by the maternal intercession of Our Lady of Suyapa, the leaders of the nation and all its inhabitants may patiently follow the path of dialogue, mutual understanding and reconciliation.
"This will be possible if, overcoming particularist tendencies, everyone strives to seek the truth and to pursue the common good with tenacity. This is the condition that will ensure peaceful coexistence and authentic democratic life. To the beloved Honduran people I give assurances of my prayers, and upon them I impart a special apostolic blessing".
The Conferencia de Religiosos/as de Honduras-CONFEREH ("Conference of Men and Women Religious of Honduras") also issued a communique on July 9th expressing their preoccupation about the social disruption resulting from the coup as well as the repressive measures being taken against coup opponents. They conclude:
"Llamamos a la población en general a confiar en el Señor, a mantener la esperanza y el compromiso en la construcción del Reino de Dios de justicia, de libertad y de paz. Nos unimos a todas las personas y organizaciones que hacen esfuerzos por restituir una democracia que garantice la equidad, la participación y el bienestar de todos y todas en Honduras. Que María de Suyapa, que supo leer proféticamente la historia de su pueblo, interceda por cada uno y una que vive en este suelo." ("We call on the general public to trust in the Lord, to keep the hope and commitment to building God's Kingdom of justice, freedom and peace. We unite with all people and organizations that are working for the restitution of a democracy that guarantees the equality, participation and wellbeing of all in Honduras. May Mary of Suyapa, who knew how to prophetically read the history of Her people, intercede for each and every one who lives in this land.")
Appealing to the Virgin of Suyapa is not as farfetched as it might seem given the fact that Our Lady has already intervened historically to protect Honduras. She has been credited with helping Honduras beat back the better-equipped forces of El Salvador during the so-called "Football War" in 1969. Many of the Honduran soldiers involved reported visions of the Virgin, which calmed their fears during the fighting.
Oración a Nuestra Señora de Suyapa, Patrona de Honduras
Virgencita de Suyapa bendice a todos los Hondureños, derrama tus bendiciones en cada uno de sus hogares.
Buen Señor Jesús, te pedimos por Tu Santísima Sangre, por Tus Llagas y con la interseción de Tu bellísima Madre, nuestra Madre, la Virgen María, que pronto se restablezca la paz, con estabilidad y esperanza para todos los tan amados habitantes y oriundos de la República de Honduras. Amén
Virgin of Suyapa, bless all Hondurans, pour out your blessings on every one of their homes.
Good Lord Jesus, we ask you through Your Holy Blood, through Your Wounds, and with the intercession of Your most beautiful Mother, our Mother, the Virgin Mary, that peace may soon be reestablished, with stability and hope for the beloved inhabitants and natives of the Republic of Honduras. Amen