Day of Fasting & Prayer for World Peace

Friday, October 27

Day of Fasting & Prayer for World Peace

Please join in a special day of FASTING and PRAYER for WORLD PEACE on Friday, October 27.

(Aleteia, October 18, 2023): Pope Francis sets October 27 as a day of fasting and prayer, inviting those of other religions and anyone with a heart for peace to participate however they see fit.

Pope Francis made another heartfelt plea for peace in the Holy Land this October 18, at the end of the Wednesday general audience.  He said:

Today too, dear brothers and sisters, our thoughts turn to Palestine and Israel. The number of victims is rising and the situation in Gaza is desperate. Please, let everything possible be done to avoid a humanitarian disaster. The possible widening of the conflict is disturbing, while so many war fronts are already open in the world. May weapons be silenced, and let us heed the cry for peace of the poor, the people, the children …

Brothers and sisters, war does not solve any problem: It sows only death and destruction, foments hate, proliferates revenge. War  cancels out the future, it cancels out the future. I urge believers to take just one side in this conflict: that of peace. But not in words – in prayer, with total dedication.

Concretely, the Holy Father called for another day of fasting and prayer, to be held this Friday, October 27. He suggested that those of other religions and anyone who desires the cause of peace to “join in as they see fit.” He asked local Churches to organize activities of prayer on that day.

With this in mind, I have decided to call for a day of fasting and prayer on Friday 27 October, a day of penance to which I invite sisters and brothers of the various Christian denominations, those belonging to other religions, and all those who have at heart the cause of peace in the world, to join in as they see fit.

That evening, at 18.00 at Saint Peter’s, we will spend an hour of prayer in a spirit of penance to implore peace in our time, peace in this world. I ask all the particular Churches to participate by arranging similar activities involving the People of God.

Vatican News:

Archbishop Vigneron has also called for fasting and prayer on Friday, October 27:

On Friday, October 27, as the Pope begins an hour of prayer starting at 6:00PM ROME TIME in St. Peter’s “imploring for peace in the world”, we will begin our 12:00PM Holy Mass. Stay after Mass for a special hour of Eucharistic Adoration and  private prayer at Ss. Cyril & Methodius “imploring for peace in the world” on Friday, October 27, from 1:00PM-2:00PM.