Fr. Tomaž Mavrič invites the International Vincentian Family to join with Pope Francis and all people of good will in prayer for peace in the Ukraine on Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

The prayer will be available from 9 a.m. Kiev time. Each person will be able to choose the time they wish to watch and pray it; however, we invite local or national groups to join in participating in the prayer at the same time, with the sense of community that has always characterized the followers of St. Vincent de Paul.

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Dear Vincentian Family, dear Movement, dear every single branch of the 162 branches present around the world:

This is a heartfelt invitation to join Pope Francis’ invitation to pray on the 2nd of March, on Ash Wednesday, at the beginning of Lent, for peace in the world, especially at this moment in Ukraine.

Pope Francis mentioned in his very touching letter that no weapons, no bombs, no heavy artillery, no other form of arms will bring peace to the world; but he is inviting us to fight with God’s arms. And those are prayer and fasting. And God’s arms will certainly have the last word.

I would like to invite all the members of the Vincentian Family around the world, in every single country of the 162 countries where we are present at this moment, to join Pope Francis’ prayer, Pope Francis’ invitation to pray for peace. We will send the invitation through the international leaders, to the national leaders and then the national leaders will reach to every single corner of the world where members of the Vincentian Family are present.

What a powerful weapon, coming together millions of people with prayer and fasting, with God’s arms!

May this be also a sign of deep faith that no evil, but God, Jesus has the last word, the word of peace.

Thank you very much, and see you all on March 2, on Ash Wednesday.