Pope Francis has called for a worldwide day of prayer and fasting for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to be held this Friday, 23 February, in the first week of Lent. Let us join in prayer and fasting, as part of the global ecumenical movement in light of the ongoing social-political tension, violence, and suffering of the affected peoples in the DRC and South Sudan.

In the DRC, 4.3 million people are displaced and 13.1 million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance this year. In South Sudan, during the past four years of conflict, 2 million people have fled the young nation as refugees and about 1.9 million people are internally displaced. An additional 7 million people inside the country—almost two-thirds of the remaining population—need humanitarian assistance.

This call for prayer and fasting is heeded by the World Council of Churches, and all are encouraged to join in on Friday. Worship resources for your communities of faith are available under Downloads, below.

The United Church of Canada stands in solidarity with our partner in the DRC, the Eglise du Christ au Congo, in supporting this call.