As we begin this Lenten season, our Holy Father has asked all people, Catholic and non-Catholic, around the world to participate in a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace.
It will take place Friday, February 23. He is asking for the intercessions of that day to focus on “the tragic prolonging of conflicts in various parts of the world,” particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.
The USCCB is offering some suggestions for ways that the faithful can participate in this request:
- 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 or one of these prayers for peace.
- Share what you’ve learned with others. Spread the word on social media.
- Mention the day in your parish’s prayer of the faithful.
- 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.