Excerpt from His Holiness’s address:
To this end, brothers and sisters, 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, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.
On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here, from 19:00 until 24:00, we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention.
To see the entire text from Pope Francis’ address, click here. h/t to Caroline B at the Facebook page
You can find the Facebook page by typing in “Pope Francis’s request: Fast and pray for peace in Syria.” We will be praying and fasting along with you!
*Also, here is a brief article on what Pope Francis has said about the situation in Syria.