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Pope schedules day of prayer for peace Oct. 27

‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ in Middle East leads to prayers for peace

Published: October 25, 2023   
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Pope Francis marks the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China during his weekly general audience May 24, 2023, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Warning against a humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza and ongoing conflicts elsewhere, Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting, penance and prayer for peace in the world Oct. 27.

"War does not solve any problems, it only sows death and destruction. It increases hatred, multiplies revenge. War erases the future," he said at the end of his general audience talk in St. Peter's Square Oct. 18.

He said he has decided to call for a day of fasting, prayer and penance Oct. 27.

The pope invited men and women of every Christian denomination and other religions as well as those committed to the cause of peace to participate in any way they feel is appropriate.

There will be an hour of prayer starting at 11 a.m. Central in St. Peter's "imploring for peace in the world," he said, and local churches are invited to organize similar initiatives.

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