Global Post: Catholics worldwide held a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria joined by Jews, Muslims and Orthodox Christians, with Pope Francis set to host a mass vigil on Saturday.
Francis has called for a “cry for peace” to rise up around the globe and has said he will attend the four-hour prayer session in St Peter’s Square.
Earlier in the week he wrote to leaders of the G20 leading world economies urging them to “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution”.
The Catholic Church, which counts 1.2 billion faithful, has mobilised to adhere to the pope’s call through homilies in churches as well as through social media.
“Peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs all of humanity #prayforpeace,” Pope Francis wrote in one tweet, with another saying simply: “Never again war! War never again!”
The Vatican has even issued instructions for Catholic parents to prepare “sober” family meals with children and grandparents that would be “rich in words”.