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October 20, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As you know, the war in Israel continues and the growing humanitarian crisis is deeply concerning. Consequently, our Holy Father has called for a day of fasting, penance and prayer for peace in the world on Friday, Oct. 27

In his announcement, Pope Francis stated, in part, “The number of victims is rising and the situation in Gaza is desperate. Please, let everything possible be done to avoid a humanitarian disaster. The possible widening of the conflict is disturbing, while so many war fronts are already open in the world. May weapons be silenced, and let us heed the cry for peace of the poor, the people, the children.”

I respectfully request that all Catholics in the Diocese of Arlington participate in this important effort. At times like these, it may seem that we have little ability to effect or inspire change. However, as people of faith, we know this is not true. Our Heavenly Father hears our pleas and has the power to transform even the most hardened of hearts and instill peace wherever there is strife.

Please join Pope Francis Oct. 27 for fasting, penance and prayers for peace. May Our Lord continue to bless you and your families, now and always.


Sincerely in Christ,

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Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Arlington