Pope Francis Declares Friday Feb. 23 World Fasting And Praying Day

The Pope on Sunday has invited all Roman Catholics and members of all other religions to observe a day of prayer, fasting and initiatives for peace on Feb. 23.

The Pope while making the announcement urged everyone to ‘say no’ to violence and conflict.

Pope Francis while speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square during his weekly blessing said he was making the appeal because of the “tragic prolonging” of conflicts around the world.

The Pope noted that Feb. 23 is a Friday in the first full week of the Christian season of Lent.

He said: “everyone, in their own consciences, before God, should ask ‘what can I do for peace?’ Surely, we can pray but not only: each one of us can say ‘no’ to violence in their own way, because victories obtained through violence are false victories, while working for peace benefits all.”

Pope Francis also specifically invited other denominations in the Christian faith along with non-Christians to join the initiative in any way they saw fit, “but all together”.