October 17 – Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in the Middle East

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In accordance with Card. Pizzaballa (Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem)’s proposal, Bishop Marc Stenger and Sister Wamuyu Wachira, Co-Presidents of Pax Christi International, alongside the International Board and the Secretary General, cordially invite everyone to join in observing a day of fasting, abstinence, and prayer on Tuesday, October 17th, 2023, with the shared aim of pursuing peace, justice, and reconciliation during this time marked by sorrow and discouragement.

In a heartfelt letter, Card. Pizzaballa wrote, “Yet, in this time of sorrow and dismay, we do not want to remain helpless. We cannot let death and its sting (1 Cor 15:55) be the only word we hear. That is why we feel the need to pray, to turn our hearts to God the Father. Only in this way we can draw the strength and serenity needed to endure these hard times, by turning to Him, in prayer and intercession, to implore and cry out to God amidst this anguish. (…) This is the way we all come together despite everything, and unite collectively in prayer, to deliver to God the Father our thirst for peace, justice and reconciliation.