Catholics urged to join campaign of prayer, fasting Oct. 16-24

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October 14, 2015

This is artwork for the 23rd International Week of Prayer and Fasting. Catholics are urged to join in prayer and fasting Oct. 16-24 for the conversion of people and nations, peace in the world, a renewed culture of life in the United States and spiritual blessing on the Synod of Bishops on the family. (CNS) See PRAYER-FAST-WEEK Oct. 14, 2015.

This is artwork for the 23rd International Week of Prayer and Fasting. Catholics are urged to join in prayer and fasting Oct. 16-24 for the conversion of people and nations, peace in the world, a renewed culture of life in the United States and spiritual blessing on the Synod of Bishops on the family. (CNS)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholics are urged to join in prayer and fasting Oct. 16-24 for the conversion of people and nations, peace in the world, a renewed culture of life in the United States and spiritual blessing on the Synod of Bishops on the family.

The 23rd International Week of Prayer and Fasting will conclude its nine-day campaign with a eucharistic prayer vigil Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington for a day of prayer, speakers, opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation and Mass.

Maureen Flynn, chairperson of the International Prayer and Fasting Coalition, said one of the lasting effects of the campaign, which involves thousands of Catholics across the country, is that many parishes that participate in eucharistic adoration or recitation of the rosary often continue to do so after the nine days are over.

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