International Week of Prayer and Fasting -- Tangible Call to Action

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22nd International Week of Prayer and Fasting is a tangible Call to Action to counter the rise of terrorism and disregard for humanity across the globe

250x200xLife-News-IWOPF-250x200.jpg.pagespeed.ic.YVtJq-T-nPATLANTA, Sept. 3, 2014 ­ The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has brutally executed numerous Christians, including the most recent beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, and now is targeting Pope Francis. Many Christians are left wondering, “What can we do to help our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted for their beliefs?”  The International Prayer and Fasting Coalition is urging people of all faiths to a worldwide prayer and fasting campaign for peace from September 20-28, 2014.

The campaign, comprised of a coalition of Catholic and Christian organizations, will kick-off with an international event on Saturday, September 20 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Guest speakers for the kick-off event include Dr. Scott Hahn, popular speaker and teacher on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith; Johnnette Benkovic, founder and president of Women of Grace and Living His Life Abundantly; and Fr. Dermot Roache, SMA, missionary in the Society of African Missions and author of the prayer Consecration of the Family to the Divine Mercy. Archbishop Timothy Broglio, the head of the Archdiocese of the Military Services, USA, will be the main celebrant and homilist at the noon Mass. In past years, the global prayer movement has received two apostolic blessings from Pope Saint John Paul II and a heartfelt blessing from Blessed Mother Teresa, who said, “You must do this week ­ God wants this. Prayer is the answer to the world’s problems.”

Citizens around the globe are also urged to participate as individuals, families and parishes by attending daily Masses, services and holy hours, going to confession, praying intentional prayers such as the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and fasting.  The goals of the “week” (nine days) are to pray and fast for the conversion of all nations, to build a culture of life and to promote peace in the world.

“Peace will not come to the world from the meetings of those whom we call the great leaders of the earth, nor from their agreements,” said Coalition chairperson Maureen Flynn. “Peace can only come to us from the return of humanity to God through means of conversion, to which we are being called this day by means of prayer, fasting and penance. Prayer and fasting can stop wars and will obtain for our nation and our world graces from God. Remember Lepanto in 1571, when Pope Saint Pius V proclaimed prayer and fasting, especially the Rosary, and the Christian force was greatly outnumbered by the Turks. Despite this, the Christians won the battle, and years later the Feast of the Holy Rosary was proclaimed on October 7, the day of victory. We need a new Lepanto in 2014!

What is the International Week of Prayer and Fasting from IWPF on Vimeo.

For more information or to participate in the free event at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, please visit www.iwopf.org.

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children’s fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa’s articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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  1. Thank you very much for this info. I will urge all my friends to participate. We all badly need this. Let us keep trusting our Lord Jesus Christ, he will hasten to hear our prayers.

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