Pope Francis calls worldwide day of prayer and fasting on February 23 to ‘say no’ to violence

Pope Francis leads a mass for priests and nuns in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Vastavam web: Pope Francis invited Roman Catholics and members of all other religions on Sunday to observe a day of prayer, fasting and initiatives for peace on February 23, urging everyone to ‘say no’ to violence and conflict.Francis, speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly blessing, said he was making the appeal because of the “tragic prolonging” of conflicts around the world.

February 23 is a Friday in the first full week of the Christian season of Lent, during which fasting from food and extra acts of charity are encouraged as a sign of penitence.Francis, speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly blessing, said he was making the appeal because of the “tragic prolonging” of conflicts around the world.February 23 is a Friday in the first full week of the Christian season of Lent, during which fasting from food and extra acts of charity are encouraged as a sign of penitence.