I was very moved by Pope Francis’ plea and I want to help get the word out. Personally I will be participating literally and will not be eating on Saturday, my school is considering hosting a special vigil and I will be going if it happens. As Francis said, feel free to observe in a manner appropriate with your beliefs or lack thereof. The crisis in Syria has grown into a very confusing quagmire saturated in “damned if you do damned if you don’t” scenarios. President Obama and all other world leaders need wisdom in such a trying time.
Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the entire Mideast region, and throughout the whole world to be held this coming Saturday, September 7th, 2013. Speaking ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer with pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square this Sunday, Pope Francis said, “On the 7th of September, here [in St Peter’s Square], from 7 PM until midnight, we will gather together in prayer, in a spirit of penitence, to ask from God this great gift [of peace] for the beloved Syrian nation and for all the situations of conflict and violence in the world.” The Holy Father also invited non-Catholic Christians and non-Christian believers to participate in ways they feel are appropriate. “Never again war!” said Pope Francis. “We want a peaceful world,” he said, “we want to be men and women of peace.”
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