Pope Francis Calls for a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria


All Catholics are being encouraged to join a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World Sept. 7 as the United States government considers its role in the ongoing struggle in Syria.

Catholic News Agency reported that Pope Francis called the world’s Catholics to the day of fasting and prayer for peace during his address on Sunday, Sept. 1.

“I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” he said to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square.

“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.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, said: “As our nation’s leaders contemplate military action, it is particularly appropriate and urgent that we in the United States embrace the Holy Father’s call to pray and fast on Sept. 7 for a peaceful end to the conflict in Syria and to violent conflicts everywhere.”
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!”Cardinal Dolan encouraged local dioceses to take part in this prayer vigil. Let your pastor know about this day of prayer and fasting. And even if your local parish isn’t taking part, consider getting a group together and unite your prayers with Pope Francis for peace in Syria.



  1. Carol-799486 September 7, 2013 Reply

    Lets pray the rosary and implore the help of our Blessed Mother that Syria can resolve their internal problem in due time so that peace could reign in that country once again. Where there is hunger for power and greed, war is the end result.
    Its not a matter of I praying alone or you praying alone but when the world is praying for one cause God will have no recourse but to listen to the plea of his children on earth who is hungry for peace and reconciliation.
    Prayers work wonder when all else fails.

  2. Noela-808995 September 7, 2013 Reply

    I’ve been praying for peace in Syria and against any armed intervention. It’s a global concern.

  3. Ernesto-799214 September 7, 2013 Reply

    I belong to a group that prays 2000 Hail Mary every first Saturday of the month. We plan to include this in our intentions.

  4. Carmel-622850 September 6, 2013 Reply

    Will do my best. A health issue might be difficult for fasting but praying is no problem.
    Thank you Pope Francis. Shall share my intentions with St Michael, my special saint.

  5. Kim-989867 September 5, 2013 Reply

    Plan blocking this day for prayer and fasting! Solidarity is powerful!

  6. Linda-954866 September 5, 2013 Reply

    I will focus on Peace.

  7. Jason-933647 September 4, 2013 Reply

    We ousted Sadam because he was accused of having WMD’s. Now we want to place a “shot across the bow” of a dictator who actually used WMD’s. This seems a little backwards to me. We have lost all credibility on the international stage, in my opinion. We have no foreign policy unless there a monetary incentive for us to have one. What is the difference between killing people with rifles or killing them with sarin gas? Thousands of people are being killed every day and we don’t intervene. The military industrial complex has us by the jewels, folks.

  8. Maria-943288 September 4, 2013 Reply

    I agree with his holiness that we should all be in favor of peace in the world. Do not think there’s justification for war. if you adhere to the day of prayer and fasting to pray for peace. Thank you for guiding us Pope Francisco poverty, love and peace. Maria from Argentina.

  9. James-886510 September 4, 2013 Reply

    I will try and participate in what Pope Francis requests. I’m usually a pro war person when it warrants it. I feel however that our incompetent leaders in Washington, DC are rushing into a conflict that can bring no positive results for this country and are in a lose lose situation. I feel that we (The US) need to stay out of this and let God (or Alllah in this situation,) sort this out on his own

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