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Momentum gathers for tomorrow's Day of Prayer for Peace

The Pope's call for an Ash Wednesday "fast with intensity for peace" has touched Catholics and other Christians around the world.

Warning that the world was drifting toward the "logic of war," Pope John Paul called for a day of prayer and fasting for peace on Ash Wednesday.

The pope announced the day on 23 February as he appealed against war in Iraq. He said armed conflict in the Persian Gulf state could throw the entire Middle East into turmoil and raise tensions across the globe.

The National Council of Churches in Australia has backed the Pope's call for Christians to mark Ash Wednesday as a special day of prayer for peace and has urged all churches to join together in praying for peace on Ash Wednesday.

The Council's Rev Dr Jon Inkpin said: "Ash Wednesday is traditionally a day of repentance in which Christians seek grace to turn from paths of evil. Australia needs to find space for sober reflection at this time so that we turn to cultivating a culture of peace rather than war."

Meanwhile in Adelaide, Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson supported the Pope's call for Catholics to show support for peace on Ash Wednesday.

"I invite people to join the Pope and myself in fasting and praying for peace on Ash Wednesday," he said.

Western Catholic Reporter | National Council of Churches of Australia/Archdiocese of Adelaide

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4 Mar 2003