Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Whole World, February 23, 2018
Pope Francis has invited Catholics 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 Twitter. 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 other countries.