Day of Fasting and Prayer

Posted by Spalding Hurst

October 24, 2023

Dear Sisters, Associates and Colleagues,

On October 27, the Central Leadership Team invites Sisters, Associates, and other partners in mission to join in a global effort to pray and fast for peace as suggested by Pope Francis. Here is what he shared in his recent general audience:

Today too, dear brothers and sisters, our thoughts turn to Palestine and Israel. The number of victims is rising and the situation in Gaza is desperate. Please, let everything possible be done to avoid a humanitarian disaster. The possible widening of the conflict is disturbing, while so many war fronts are already open in the world. May weapons be silenced, and let us heed the cry for peace of the poor, the people, the children… Brothers and sisters, war does not solve any problem: it sows only death and destruction, foments hate, proliferates revenge. War cancels out the future, it cancels out the future. I urge believers to take just one side in this conflict: that of peace. But not in words – in prayer, with total dedication.

With this in mind, I have decided to call for a day of fasting and prayer on Friday, October 27, a day of penance to which I invite sisters and brothers of the various Christian denominations, those belonging to other religions and all those who have at heart the cause of peace in the world, to join in as they see fit. That evening, at 6:00 PM at Saint Peter’s, we will spend an hour of prayer in a spirit of penance to implore peace in our time, peace in this world. I ask all the particular Churches to participate by arranging similar activities involving the People of God.

We join in prayer with the global community, believing that our collective effort can be a force for good that is strong enough to change hearts and set the world on the course to peace.

1 Comment

  1. Eugenie Coakley scna

    This is a right and good thing to do.

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