Pope Francis calls for day of prayer and fasting for peace, especially for the DRC and South Sudan

pope and logo“In the face of the tragic continuation of conflicts in different parts of the world, I invite all the faithful to a special day of prayer and fasting for peace on February 23, the Friday of the first week of Lent.”
Pope Francis, February 4, 2018
St. Peter’s Square, The Vatican, Rome, Italy

This Friday, MKLM will join in prayer with those around the world for our brothers and sisters in the DRC and South Sudan. As you prepare to join us, take this opportunity to learn more about their struggles and why the Pope wishes us to pray for these countries.

EXCERPT FROM UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS STATEMENT:
Reflecting on the suffering caused by violent conflict, Pope Francis said, “Our heavenly Father always listens to His children who cry to Him in sorrow and anguish, who ‘heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds’ (Psalm 147:3). I make a heartfelt appeal so that we also listen to this cry and, each one of us in his/her own conscience before God, ask ourselves, ‘What can I do for peace?'”

“Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called us to observe a special day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on Friday, February 23, as Lent begins, with a particular concern for the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

Tragically, violent conflict rages in both nations. South Sudan won its independence in 2011 only to find itself a victim to corruption and a bloody civil war. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the government fails to honor the constitution as the Catholic Church courageously promotes a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the ruling and opposition parties. In both countries, innocent families suffer.

Let us answer the Holy Father’s call to pray and fast for peace, especially for the Church and peoples of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And let us turn our fasting into almsgiving and support the work of Catholic Relief Services in both countries.

May God bless South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and our world with peace.”

Read the full article HERE.

Source: America Magazine – The Jesuit Review