Pope Francis has asked for prayers for peace in a world in which war is everywhere.
Speaking on Sunday morning after the Angelus prayer, the Pope said
that on Tuesday he will travel to the Umbrian town of Assisi to
participate in the Day of Prayer for Peace.
“Today, more than ever, we need peace in this war which is everywhere in the world. Let us Pray for peace!” he said.
Explaining that he is going to Assisi in the footsteps of Saint John
Paul II who called for the World Day of Prayer for Peace thirty years
ago, he invited all parishes, all ecclesial associations and individual
believers across the world to participate in the event with their
“Following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi, a man of
brotherhood and meekness, we are all called to offer a strong testimony
to the world of our common commitment twoards peace and reconciliation
between peoples” he said.
And he appealed to everyone to join in prayer on Tuesday: “may each
of us take some time to pray for peace. The whole world united”.
The World Day of Prayer for Peace, organized and promoted by the
community of Sant'Egidio, is part of an annual meeting of religious
leaders of different faiths who come together to pray for peace and to
discuss critical global issues of peace, unity, and interreligious
During his catechesis before the recitation of the Angelus prayer,
Pope Francis reflected on the readings of the day, pointing out that
“the spirit of the world is not the spirit of Jesus”.
He said that while worldliness is manifested in attitudes of corruption,
deception and abuse of power that lead down the path of sin, a truly
Christian lifestyle is “serious, but full of joy, committed to honesty,
correctness, respect for others and for their dignity, and to the sense
The Pope said that as Christians, we must respond to worldly
cleverness with Christian astuteness, which is “a gift of the Holy
Lamenting the widespread corruption that pervades our society, he
pointed out that it is important “to decide which direction to take” and
said that when we seek to follow the logic of the Gospel and of
brotherhood, “we become artisans of justice and open horizons of hope