Pope Francis has invitedCatholics around the world to participate in a Day of Prayer and Fasting for
Peace on Friday, February 23, 2018, the Friday of the First Week of Lent, in
order to pray for "the tragic prolonging of conflicts in various parts of the world,"
particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.
Reflecting on the suffering caused by conflict, Pope Francis said, "Our heavenly Father always listens to his children who cry
out to him in pain and anguish; 'he heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their
wounds' (Ps 147:3). I launch a heartfelt appeal that we too may listen to
this cry and each, according to his or her own conscience before God, can ask: 'What
can I do for peace?'"
"What can I do for peace?" 3 Ways to Respond
- Learn about the situations in the Democratic Republic of
Congo and South Sudan. Read this statement from the USCCB President.
- Pray for peace using this Prayer for the Day of Prayer
and Fasting for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South
Sudan, and the whole world or one of these
prayers for peace.
- Share what you've learned with others. Spread the word on Facebook
or . Invite your parish to use these Prayers of the
Faithful for the Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on February
23. Gather your community for prayer for peace using the Scriptural
Rosary for Justice and Peace, Chaplet
of Divine Mercy, Litany
of the Holy Name of Jesus, Litany
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, or Holy
Hour for Peace. Give to Catholic Relief Services to support their
peacebuilding work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and