IFCA AFRICA thanks Pope Francis for this renewed invitation to prayer and invites everyone to participate in Holy Mass on Friday 23 February and fast for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, throughout the continent, throughout the world. IFCA AFRICA invites us to find a space of silence in which “before God, we ask ourselves:” What can I do for peace? “. As CA laypeople, we can do a lot, together.
Father Salvator Niciteretse will celebrate a Mass in Bujumbura on February 23 at 12 a.m., which will be broadcast on Radio Maria throughout the country with the animation of a group of lay people from MAC.
ANGELUS 4 February 2018
A Special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on 23 February.
In particular for the populations of the Democratic Republic of Congo and of South Sudan.
And now an announcement. Faced with the tragic prolonging of conflicts in various parts of the world, I invite all the faithful to join me in a Special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on 23 February, the Friday of the First week of Lent. We will offer it in particular for the populations of the Democratic Republic of Congo and of South Sudan. As on other similar occasions, I also invite our non-Catholic and non-Christian brothers and sisters to join in this initiative in the ways they believe best, but all together.
Our heavenly Father always listens to his children who cry out to him in pain and anguish; “he heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds” (Ps 147:3). I launch a heartfelt appeal that we too may listen to this cry and each, according to his or her own conscience before God, can ask: “What can I do for peace?”. We can certainly pray, but not only: each one can concretely say “no” to violence on his or her own behalf. Because the victories obtained through violence are false victories, whereas working for peace is good for everyone.
ANGELUS 11 February 2018
I greet the Congolese community of Rome and I join in their prayer for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I remind you that this intention will be particularly present on the Day of Prayer and Fasting that I announced for 23 February.
PRAYER FOR PEACE IN SOUTH SUDAN AND THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Thursday, 23 November 2017 – Homily
- a Special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace