Global Coalition Announces Prayer and Fasting Movement to Stop Wars and Disasters

Today our world faces unprecedented crises: nuclear threats from North Korea, escalating global terrorism, widespread civil unrest, and the accelerating breakdown of marriage and family life. Plus, thousands have been impacted by natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. As we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, we remember the words of Sister Lucia of Fatima: “Final confrontation between the Lord and Satan will be over family and marriage.”

A coalition of Catholic organizations worldwide is mobilizing for the 25th International Week of Prayer and Fasting (IWOPF) from October 1-9, 2017. This year the Coalition is uniting with The Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Legion of Mary and Priests for Life. And many other groups are uniting to pray and fast for the following:

  • Conversion of peoples and nations
  • To defend the sanctity of marriage and family life
  • To build a culture of life
  • For peace and to implore God’s mercy

For the ninth and final day — Monday, October 9 — people are asked to participate in an all-day Eucharistic Prayer Vigil for our nation and the world at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET. Register for free online at, where you can also register your prayer pledges.

People around the globe are also urged to participate as individuals, families and parishes by attending daily Masses and holy hours, going to Confession, praying the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and fasting.

“Prayer and fasting is critical at this time in history,” says Celebrant and Homilist, Bishop Joseph Perry. Perry is Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, IL and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on African American Catholics (2004 – present).

Basilica Day will include: dynamic speakers, The Global Living Rosary prayed by the Asian, African and Hispanic communities, as well as members of the Children’s Rosary, Procession of the Nations before the Noon Mass, and recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Confession throughout the day.

Speakers at the Basilica include:

  • Immaculée Ilibagiza, a Rwandan genocide survivor who…

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