- Sep 18, 2020
From Africa to South America, bishops are saying enough is enough to the violence which for years has gripped nations throughout these regions, turning to the traditional practice of prayer and fasting to obtain peace.
As the United States continues to wade through racial tensions, partisan divides over the coronavirus, and an upcoming election in the most polarized stage of its history, one social justice advocate has called for reconciliation, saying it is a task that will require both political and spiritual investment.
One day after a massive explosion ravaged the port of Beirut, covering the surrounding area in clouds of smoke, Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims and their families, and asked the international community to help Lebanon overcome its internal crisis.
Pope Francis marked Monday’s feast of Saints Peter and Paul stressing the importance of unity in the Church and allowing oneself to be challenged by God, urging Catholics to spend less time complaining about what they see going wrong, and more time in prayer.
Rome is among the growing number of major cities throughout the world marking the death of George Floyd, who over the past few days was remembered in the Eternal City at prayer events and protests of racism and social exclusion.
Prayer is powerful not because it changes God or God’s plans, but because it changes individuals and communities, one heart at a time, Pope Francis said.