A Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace: Canadians Urged to Follow Pope’s Call

Thursday, December 06 2001

(Ottawa – CCCB) Pope John Paul II has invited all Catholics to observe December 14 as a day of fasting, prayer and charity to promote world peace.

CCCB President Bishop Jacques Berthelet, CSV, of Saint Jean-Longueuil, presently in Rome for the Canadian episcopal conference’s annual meetings with the Roman Curia, today met in private audience with the Pope where he assured the Holy Father that his invitation to fasting, prayer and charity has been shared with Canadians. Bishop Berthelet has written a letter to all bishops and eparchs in Canada, asking them to promote the world day among the faithful.

During these particularly troubling times, the Pope wants Catholics to mark December 14 in a special way. Recalling that fasting is rooted in Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions, the Holy Father called on the faithful not only to fast and pray but to carry out a concrete act of charity.

“Each of us who goes without by fasting will be taking on the disposition of the poor, especially those who suffer at present the consequences of terrorism and war,” said the Holy Father when he called for the day of fasting, prayer and charity in November.