Pope Francis announces global prayer vigil for peace on Sept. 7


From EWTN News:

"Departing from his typical reflections on the Sunday gospel, Pope Francis used his Angelus audience today to call for peace throughout the world, particularly in conflict-ridden Syria.
“I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” he said to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 1.
“There are so many conflicts in this world which cause me great suffering and worry, but in these days my heart is deeply wounded in particular by what is happening in Syria and anguished by the dramatic developments which are looming,” continued the Pope.
“For this reason, brothers and sisters, I have decided to call for a vigil for the whole Church,” he announced.
It will be “a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the Middle East, and throughout world.”
The vigil will take place on Sept. 7, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace. Those who can will gather in St. Peter’s Square from 7 p.m. until midnight: other local Churches are requested to join in the fasting and prayer by gathering together.
Pope Francis extended his invitation to “fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.”
“Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!” said the Pope.
“All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace,” he charged.
“I make a forceful and urgent call to the entire Catholic Church, and also to every Christian of other confessions, as well as to followers of every religion and to those brothers and sisters who do not believe: peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs all of humanity!”
The Pope went on to lament the use of arms and its negative impact on civilians, the unarmed, and children, particularly recently in the “martyred country” of Syria.
“With all my strength, I ask each party in this conflict to listen to the voice of their own conscience, not to close themselves in solely on their own interests, but rather to look at each other as brothers and decisively and courageously to follow the path of encounter and negotiation, and so overcome blind conflict,” he said.
Pope Francis also asked the international community “to make every effort to promote clear proposals for peace in that country without further delay.”
He rejected the use of chemical weapons and requested that humanitarian workers “be granted access so as to provide the necessary aid.”
The Pope continued his insistent appeal for peace: “it is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace.”
Noting Mary’s universal motherly concern, Pope Francis said, “Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children!”
As he has done on previous Sundays, Pope Francis led the crowds in invoking her intercession: “Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!”

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Sadly, I am sure that many Catholics in the west will continue to ignore Church teaching on war, and to bring out every absurd justification in the book in order to be able to ignore the Pope’s plea, push Mideast Christians under the bus, and support the expansion of western military might.

We must have hope as well and know that God is with us. I thank you for posting this and I thank God for Pope Francis. His words about peace are true and life-giving. I will mark my calendar and join in.

God bless,


Me too.


We have to make sure that every Catholic we know is aware of this. Let’s make September 7 a day we’ll always remember as Catholics.

I’m making sure my non-Catholic family and friends know, as well. We will be praying and fasting, in unison.


I hate to say this, but I’m already disappointed in the lack of attention being given to Pope Francis’ call for a day of prayer and fasting. I have Relevant Radio on as I post and the 8:00 am news had NO mention of it. That is disturbing. We need to get the word, every one of us.

So Seattle time will be 10:00 AM Saturday Sept 7 when the people will be gathering in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

But I would think that it wouldn’t hurt if we would go throughout our time schedule too

How will you fast? Like Ash Wednesday?

Every Diocese and Church in the world that has a website, should have this on there home page. This is not an upcoming benefit dinner.

                         Relevant Radio is now mentioning it, which makes me feel a little better.

Recall what amazing blessings happened when JPII called us to pray the rosary.

I am not sure when the world will finally wake-up to the truth that peace can only be found in God/Jesus–not in man. We either turn back to God, or nothing will change. In the west, we are in the midst of an apostasy the likes of which history has never recorded…will we change? Will we say yes to God/Jesus?

I pray we do.

The +Abp Office e-mailed each Parish Priest in our Diocese:

"You may have heard or read about Pope Francis’ Angelus message on Sunday, in which he said:

“… I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September next, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world…”

I warmly welcome this initiative, and would encourage you to spread the word as there is a desperate need to help foster peace in Syria and the Middle East at this time. I recognise that the main way most Parishes communicate is via the Sunday newsletter, and so it will be difficult to let many parishioners know, but please pass this message on to those who attend weekday Mass.

I would ask you to include the following ‘Diocesan’ bidding prayer at your Masses this weekend:
For peace in Syria and throughout the world.
That the prayers of people of faith may encourage leaders of nations and peoples to abandon warfare and violence and to turn to peaceful dialogue to resolve differences.*

I hereby give permission (GIRM 374) for a Mass “For the Preservation of Peace and Justice” (No.30 page 1360-61 of the Roman Missal) to be celebrated on the evening of Saturday 7th September, and also once on Sunday 8th September – the second Collect of option B (Other prayers for peace) seems particularly appropriate. Readings at these Masses may be taken from either Year C 23rd Sunday of Ordinary time or from the selection in Volume Three of the Lectionary “14: For Peace and Justice” pages 593 -603.

The Cathedral Parish will be holding a prayer vigil before the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday 7th from after the 6pm Mass concluding with Benediction at 8pm. I will join those praying in the Cathedral, as we spiritually link up with those in St Peter’s Square and around the world.

With assurances of my prayers,


Heads up for CAF members who belong to the Archdiocese of Southwark and live in London.

Archdiocese of Chicago has it on there home page now, which is good news. St Louis and Cleveland also so far.

I will definitely fast, and lend my prayers to those in Syria. Hopefully, God will listen.

Our diocese has announced the day of prayer on its website too, which is good news.

Our church is small and in a rural area. It’s a mission church that’s only open on Sunday.

Three of is wanted to do something. We have the keys. We are going to be there praying during the vigil in St. Peter’s Square. We have alerted the community and emailed or phoned as many of our parishioners as possible.

This has been a grassroots effort but our pastor is supportive.

The people I’ve alerted who can’t join us have been asked to pray wherever they are.

Spread the word! Don’t wait for someone else to plan something.

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