Pope urges people to continue helping Afghans, asks for prayer and fasting

This content was published on Aug 29, 2021 – 10:34

Vatican City, August 29 (EFE). – Pope Francis today expressed concern about the situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban took power, demanded to continue helping those in need, expressed hope that dialogue would bring about peaceful coexistence in the country, and urged Christians to “intensify prayer and fasting”

At the conclusion of the Plaza de Saint Peter, Francisco said Sunday prayers to the angels.

The Pope thanked “all those who help the severely affected Afghan population, especially women and children,” then asked “to continue helping those in need,” and called that “dialogue helps society to coexist peacefully and provides hope for the country’s future.”

Francisco explained that “in historical moments like these, we cannot be indifferent” and that “the history of the Church teaches us that as Christians this situation must endanger us.”

He then called on all Christians to “intensify prayer and fasting” for Afghanistan.

“Prayer and penance is the time to do it. I am serious. Intensify prayer and fasting, asking the Lord for mercy and forgiveness,” he added.

On August 15, the Pope also requested that a dialogue be opened so that the residents could live in peace again. EFE

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