Pope Francis asks Catholics to Observe International Day of Peace

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Catholics Pray for Peace

Today, September 21st, is the UN’s “International Day of Peace.” Pope Francis has asked the world’s Catholics to pray for peace today. Read his remarks here:

“Each year, on September 21, the United Nations celebrates the ‘International Day of Peace,’ and the World Council of Churches is calling on its members to pray on that day for peace. I invite Catholics from around the world to join with other Christians to continue to ask God for the gift of peace in the most troubled parts of our planet. May peace, the gift of Jesus, always live in our hearts and support the intentions and actions of the leaders of nations and all people of good will. Let us commit ourselves to encouraging all efforts for a diplomatic and political solution of all the focus points of war that still are a cause for concern. My thoughts go especially to the dear people of Syria, whose human tragedy can only be resolved through dialogue and negotiation, with respect for justice and the dignity of every person, especially the weakest and most defenseless.”

For more read: Prayers for Sins of Violence.