Pope Francis presided over a prayer service in support of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, November 23, 2017, and also designated Friday, February 23, as a day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
SM Agnieszka Mruga, SM Anita Bienia, S Melanie Marie Bajorek, and SM Renée Kurczaba represented the Felician Sisters at the 7 p.m. February prayer service, held at San Marcello Church in Rome.
The prayer service was supported by the International Union of Superior Generals (UISG), Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission, Voices of Faith, the Diocese of Rome, the Service of Documentation and Study of Global Mission, and Solidarity with South Sudan.
Solidarity with South Sudan is a UISG-sponsored collaborative venture of many religious congregations who have united their charisms, finances, and personnel
in response to an invitation of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference to rebuild the Church and more than five decades of civil war.
The prayer service began as a march from one local church to San Marcello and was attended by many priests, religious and laity. The cross carried in the procession displayed an outline of Africa nailed to the cross.
The congregation prayed and sang hymns in Swahili, Italian, French, and English. During the service, each participant had the opportunity to lay a lit tea light by the front banner of Saint Francis, the model peacemaker.