Dec. 14, a day for fasting and prayers
Bp. Banks supports call by Pope John Paul
By Sara Eliasen
Catholics in the Green Bay Diocese have been asked on Dec. 14 to take part in a church-wide day of fasting and prayers for peace designated by Pope John Paul.
"I encourage our parishes and people to respond to the urgent plea of our Holy Father," Bp. Robert Banks said.
In response to the growing threat of global terrorism and other conflicts, Pope John Paul called for the day of fasting on Dec. 14 and a prayer gathering of Christian and non-Christian leaders on Jan. 24 in the Italian pilgrimage town of Assisi.
The pope urged Catholics on Dec. 14 to limit their food and drink and to find ways to transform their sacrifice into a contribution to the victims of terrorism and war.
Dec. 14 is a Friday, the church's traditional day for fasting and abstinence and will come just before the end of Ramadan, Muslim's annual month-long period of daytime fasting, which ends Dec. 16. The pope asked Catholics on Dec. 14 to "pray with fervor to God that he grant the world a stable peace based on justice and help people find adequate solutions to the many conflicts that torment the world."