February 23--The World Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace, especially in DR Congo and South Sudan. A prayer vigil from 7-8 pm in S. Marcello Church, Piazza San Marcello 5, Via del Corso, 00187 Rome.

Fasting weakens our tendency to violence; it disarms us and becomes an important opportunity for growth. On the one hand, it allows us to experience what the destitute and the starving have to endure. On the other hand, it expresses our own spiritual hunger and thirst for life in God. Fasting wakes us up. It makes us more attentive to God and our neighbour. It revives our desire to obey God, who alone is capable of satisfying our hunger.—(Pope Francis, Lent 2018)

Pope Calls for Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on 23 February

Pax Christi

Pope Francis is asking all men and women of goodwill to join him in a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace for the war-torn people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and of South Sudan.

Addressing the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, the Pope said that “Faced with the tragic protracted situations of conflict in different parts of the world, I invite all the faithful to take part in a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on February 23rd, the Friday of the First Week of Lent”.

He said our prayers will be offered especially to those suffering violence in the DRC and in South Sudan, and he continued, as on other similar occasions “I also invite non-Catholic and non-Christian brothers and sisters to join us this initiative in whatever ways they deem most appropriate”.


Support message from Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Prayer and Spiritual Fasting for the Sake of Justice: An Introduction

Prayer for an end to Terrorism and Violence in Our World

Litany of Nonviolence

SHALOM Prayers for Peace ~ For the Whole World

Prières pour la paix et la non-violence

Oraciones por la paz y la no violencia

Preghiere per la pace e la nonviolenza

Fasting and Prayer


Engaging Laudato Si'

We commit ourselves to both personal and communal conversion and

We wish to move forward together in an orchestrated and coordinated response

In listening to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor

As we go forth as instruments of hope in the heart of the world.—The vision adopted by the UISG Plenary in 2019 guides our engagement of Laudato Si’ 

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