Pope Francis calls for Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace

Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for world peace to take place this Saturday.

“I renew my invitation to all the Church to live this day intensely, and from this moment on, express my gratitude to those brothers and sisters, Christians and of other religions, and to men and women of good will who wish to join, wherever they may be and in their own way, in this moment. I particularly urge the faithful and pilgrims in Rome to participate in the prayer vigil here in St. Peter's Square at 7 p.m., to invoke from the Lord the gift of peace. Let us raise a cry for peace all over the world!” the pope said earlier today.

In addition, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is encouraging you to contact your two U.S. Senators and your Representative and urge them to vote against a resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria. Instead, ask them to support U.S. leadership, in collaboration with the international community, for an immediate ceasefire in Syria and serious, inclusive negotiations for peace. Click here for the alert or go to www.capwiz.com/catholicbishops.

Both the Holy See and Conference of Bishops have condemned the chemical attack, but remain convinced that only dialogue can save lives and bring about peace in Syria.

The U.S. bishops’ conference is also asking Catholics to join the special Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, said in a statement issued Tuesday, “As our nation’s leaders contemplate military action, it is particularly appropriate and urgent that we in the United States embrace the Holy Father’s call to pray and fast on September 7 for a peaceful end to the conflict in Syria and to violent conflicts everywhere.”


USCCB Policy Letters on Syria: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/global-issue... 

Pope Francis' Declaration of a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Syria: www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/angelus/2013/documents/papa-fr... 

Position of the Holy See on Syria: www.news.va/en/news/in-syria-dialogue-is-the-only-option.

Please take time out during this coming weekend of football and other activities to pray for peace.

Tom Chapman

Executive Director

Iowa Catholic Conference

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