Superiors Call Religious to Pray for Peace

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ROME, MARCH 14, 2007 ( Superiors-general of religious institutes are calling on congregations to observe March 30 as a day of prayer and fasting for peace.

The International Union of Superiors General made the appeal "to participate in a day of prayer and fasting for an end to violence and war in Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Northern Uganda, Nepal, Colombia, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon and any place in the world where discord and division reign."

The convocation uses words from Pope John Paul II's 2002 Message for World Day of Peace: "Precisely for this reason, prayer for peace is not an afterthought to the work of peace. It is the very essence of building the peace of order, justice and freedom."

The superiors-general add: "We think that setting aside one day during Lent to pray together, as members of religious congregations, for peace on earth could have a powerful effect on our world."