Catholic and Franciscan leaders throughout the world are issuing calls to fast and pray on Ash Wednesday for peace in Ukraine.
Pope Francis has designated Ash Wednesday as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Ukraine.
“I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war,” Pope Francis said.
Tibor Kauser, OFS General Minister, issued the same request along with a letter of solidarity to the people of Ukraine.
“I invite you, dear brothers and sisters, to strengthen our unity with each other, with the whole Franciscan family, and with the Catholic Church by joining the prayer of Pope Francis for peace on Ash Wednesday,” Kauser said.
You can read the Pope’s announcement and a full text of all of the letters at the links below.
Forwarded to my nuclear family. Praying and fasting for successful negotiations to end the tensions that could lead to WWIII.