Archbishop Kieran O Reilly SMA, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, has invited the faithful to pray today and over the weekend for peace in the Congo and in South Sudan. Archbishop O’Reilly’s prayer initiative comes in response to Pope Francis’ call for a Day of Prayer and Fasting for peace in both countries and all war-torn nations, which takes place globally today 23 February.
Welcoming the Day of Prayer, Archbishop O’Reilly said, ‘Today we are invited by the Holy Father to pray and fast for peace in war-torn nations, and in particular for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan.
‘More than four million people have been displaced from their homes in the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, our world’s youngest nation. A further three million people have been displaced by conflict in the Congo. This lasting violence and division has only served to exacerbate the effects of the drought and hunger crisis gripping the region.’
Archbishop O’Reilly continued, ‘In his appeal, Pope Francis has invited each of us to ask ourselves “What can I do for peace?” Jesus Christ has given dignity and worth to each and every human being. We must make peace and justice the cornerstone of our lives to ensure that dignity for all. I am grateful for the work of Trócaire and the many Irish missionaries who work to promote peace and support those affected by conflict.
‘Today, and at Masses this weekend, I invite the faithful to pray for the people of the Congo, South Sudan and all those across the world who face the violent realities of war each day that they may find peace, safety and love.’