CNA Staff, Aug 27, 2020 / 14:00 pm
The bishops of the United States are urging Catholics to pray and fast for an end to racism on Friday, following the unrest in Wisconsin this week.
"On this Friday's anniversary, in the midst of our country's ongoing racial unrest, we restate our commitment to peacefully seeking racial justice," said Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chair of the anti-racism committee of the U.S. bishops' conference, on Thursday.
Friday, August 28, marks the 57th anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Bishop Fabre asked Catholics to pray and fast for an end to racism, either on Friday or on September 9, the feast of St. Peter Claver-a Spanish priest and abolitionist who ministered to African slaves in 17th-century South America.