CNA Staff, Jan 26, 2021 / 09:30 am
Chaldean Catholics in Iraq are undertaking a three-day "Nineveh fast" this week to pray for peace and security in their country ahead of Pope Francis' scheduled visit in March.
Cardinal Louis Raphaël Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, issued a statement calling on Catholics to fast and pray on Jan. 25-28.
"Let us repent of our sins, pray for salvation from the COVID-19 pandemic, contemplate the meaning of our existence, assume our responsibilities towards our brothers and sisters and our communities, and express solidarity … with people who have lost their jobs and livelihood, and extend a helping hand to them," Sako wrote in a statement published online by the Chaldean Patriarchate of Babylon.
"Let us pray also for the return of peace, security, and stability to our country and the region after all the wars and conflicts that have exhausted it."