Pope Francis has declared February 23 a Day of prayer and fasting for peace

© 2018 AFP / Vincenzo Pinto Pope Francis. Archive photoPope Francis has declared February 23 a Day of prayer and fasting for peace© 2018 AFP / Vincenzo Pinto

Pope Francis announced a Day of prayer and fasting for peace on February 23 this year, the Friday of the first week of lent for Catholics.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church announced to the faithful during the traditional Sunday sermon at St. Peter’s square at the Vatican.

«Faced with a tragic continuation of conflicts in various parts of the world call all believers to a special Day of prayer and fasting for peace on February 23, Friday first week of lent. We present it primarily on the population of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan,» said the Pontiff.

Francis invited all non-Catholics and Christians to join in this initiative in a manner they deem most appropriate.

«Of course, we can pray, but not only. Everyone can say a clear «no» to violence to the extent that it depends on him or her. Because of the victory achieved through violence are false victories, while working for peace is good for everyone,» said the Pope.

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