Oblate Voices is a JPIC blog that follows stories of hope and is about how Oblates and associates live and experience mission work in the spirit of the Oblate founder, St Eugene De Mazenod of responding to the needs of poor and most abandoned around the world.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Day of prayer and fasting for peace in Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan – February 23

Pope Francis is asking all men and women of goodwill, regardless of their religious denomination, to join him in a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on February 23 for the war-torn nations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is currently experiencing deadly political tensions as protesters demand that the President step down after his term of office ended. Congolese Catholic bishops have spoken out against the government’s human rights violations and the president’s plan to remove term limits as he seeks re-election.

According to international aid agencies,  approximately 4.3 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are displaced throughout the country and 13.1 million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance this year.  In South Sudan, 2 million people have fled the young nation as refugees and about 1.9 million people have been internally displaced over the past four years of civil conflict, with 7 million people inside the country needing assistance.

Join Pope Francis to pray and fast for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan