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Pope: Take just one side in this conflict, the side of peace

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Pope Francis General Audience October 18 2023

Antoine Mekary | ALETEIA

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 10/18/23

Pope Francis sets October 27 as a day of fasting and prayer, inviting those of other religions and anyone with a heart for peace to participate however they see fit.

Pope Francis made another heartfelt plea for peace in the Holy Land this October 18, at the end of the Wednesday general audience.

He said:

Concretely, the Holy Father called for another day of fasting and prayer, to be held a week from this Friday, on October 27. He suggested that those of other religions and anyone who desires the cause of peace to “join in as they see fit.” He asked local Churches to organize activities of prayer on that day.

With this in mind, I have decided to call for a day of fasting and prayer on Friday 27 October, a day of penance to which I invite sisters and brothers of the various Christian denominations, those belonging to other religions, and all those who have at heart the cause of peace in the world, to join in as they see fit.

That evening, at 18.00 at Saint Peter’s, we will spend an hour of prayer in a spirit of penance to implore peace in our time, peace in this world. I ask all the particular Churches to participate by arranging similar activities involving the People of God.

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