Stella Dimoko Pope Francis Declares Friday Feb. 23 World Fasting And Praying Day


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Monday, February 05, 2018

Pope Francis Declares Friday Feb. 23 World Fasting And Praying Day

Pope Francis invited Roman Catholics and members of all other religions on Sunday to observe a day of prayer, fasting and initiatives for peace on Feb. 23, urging everyone to ‘say no’ to violence and conflict.

Francis, speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly blessing, said he was making the appeal because of the “tragic prolonging” of conflicts around the world.

Feb. 23 is a Friday in the first full week of the Christian season of Lent, during which fasting from food and extra acts of charity are encouraged as a sign of penitence.

He said “everyone, in their own consciences, before God, should ask ‘what can I do for peace?' Surely, we can pray but not only: each one of us can say ‘no’ to violence in their own way, because victories obtained through violence are false victories, while working for peace benefits all,” he said.

He specifically invited non-Catholics and non-Christians to join the initiative in any way they saw fit, “but all together”.

Francis said the prayers and fasting should be offered in a particular way for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. South Sudan has been hit by a prolonged civil war and humanitarian crisis.

From Reuters


  1. February na fasting month oo,

  2. Anything good for world peace.
    May the Lord hear our prayers.

  3. We all definitely need it .

  4. Hop everyone does it. Especially in Nigeria religious spirit has taken over with doctrine and denominational brainwashing.
    May God help his church. Amen


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