CNA Staff, Oct 19, 2023 / 14:30 pm
Catholics around the world this week united in a day of prayer and fasting for peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land as war continues to devastate the region.
Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Catholic patriarch of Jerusalem, called on Catholics to devote time to prayer with Eucharistic adoration and recitation of the rosary on Tuesday, Oct. 17, “to deliver to God the Father our thirst for peace, justice, and reconciliation.” The day of prayer fell on the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch, the first-century bishop and martyr from Syria.
“In this time of sorrow and dismay, we do not want to remain helpless. We cannot let death and its sting (1 Cor 15:55) be the only word we hear,” he said in a statement last week.
Pope Francis has called for another day of prayer and fasting next week for peace in the Israel-Hamas war.