Vatican Invites All People to Day of Prayer, Fasting and Works of Charity on May 14
LEXINGTON — People of all religions and people of goodwill are invited to join in a day of prayer, fasting and works of charity on May 14. This effort, announced by the Vatican, is aimed “to implore the divine to help humanity in overcoming the pandemic caused by coronavirus.”
“This is not, surely, a time for indifference, selfishness, divisions, because the whole world is suffering and must unite itself in facing the pandemic,” Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, wrote in a May 6 invitation to the world’s Catholic bishops.
“Pope Francis has repeatedly demonstrated the essential role of interreligious witness in meeting the challenges of our world today and facing them in solidarity,” said Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., of Lexington. “This pandemic has made clear what the pope has been saying, that we’re all interconnected and that we shouldn’t pretend that we can separate ourselves and blame others as a way of righting injustice, oppression and marginalization. In fact, these strategies and mindsets only make our problems that much worse.”
The Vatican clarified that the day of prayer, fasting and works of charity will not include any public manifestations, but will be lived out by each person’s own interiorly placing himself or herself before God and his or her conscience.