Pray for Peace

This weekend, a group of loosely connected protesters plan to host anti-Muslim demonstrations in front of at least 20 mosques, community centers and government offices. A Facebook page titled “Global Rally for Humanity” is calling for protests in “every country at every Mosque.” While some organizers have urged participants to leave their weapons at home, others are urging protesters to exercise “ALL of your Constitutional Rights” and advertising the events as “OPEN CARRY” rallies.

These events go against the message of inclusion that our Holy Father, Pope Francis spoke about during his recent visit to the United States. St. Francis of Assisi himself risked everything to go talk with and learn from Sultan al-Kamil. Franciscans have a deep respect and honor for our Muslim brothers and sisters and we pray no harm will come to anyone during these times of unrest.