At his weekly audience, Pope Francis invited parishioners join the World Day of Prayer and Fasting on Friday 23 February, which is our Lent Fast Day
Pope Francis motivated us to keep in our prayers the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan during the Lent Fast Day. The Catholic Church, CAFOD and many other partners are providing a safety net for the victims of violence, giving psychological support, medical services and access to justice for rape victims.
As a partner of Caritas, we’ve mainly been working with national Church structures at parish, diocesan and national levels in many African countries. The DRC is devastated by a civil war that killed almost four million people. Many as half a million women and girls have been victims of extreme sexual violence carried out by armed groups.
In the meantime, South Sudan is facing a major humanitarian crisis, caused by severe drought and an on-going conflict. We provide food and water to people who have been forced out of their homes by fighting, promote peace and justice, and provide education.
On Family Fast Day we will be fasting and praying not just with Catholics in England and Wales but Catholics across the entire world, and as Pope Francis suggested we are calling to everyone to pray and support our campaign in the DRC and South Sudan.
Funds raised for our Lent appeal go towards CAFOD’s general funds which resources our work in these countries. This year, money raised towards our Lent appeal between Shrove Tuesday 13 February and Saturday 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government, up to £5 million.
Please remember to pray on Family Fast Day, the 23rd of February.