USCCB: pray, fast for women pressured to abort
August 22, 2013
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is asking Catholics to pray, fast, and abstain from meat on August 23 for the following intention: “for any woman who has been pressured to have an abortion - that she may know the Lord's tender healing love.”
In December 2012, the US bishops announced a call to prayer and penance whose “overall focus is to invite Catholics to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty. Campaign components include monthly Eucharistic holy hours in cathedrals and parishes, daily family rosary, special Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses, fasting and abstinence on Fridays, and the second observance of a Fortnight for Freedom.”
The Friday prayer and fasting intentions change weekly; the links below describe how to receive the intentions in advance, typically the late afternoon of the previous day.
- Call To Prayer For Life, Marriage, And Religious Liberty (USCCB)
- Call to Prayer: Pledge to Fast (USCCB)
- Call To Prayer Friday Fast - Intentions And Reflections (USCCB)