In Pope Francis' Angelus prayer of July 20, he said, "May the God of peace create in all an authentic desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is not conquered with violence. Violence is conquered with peace! Let us pray in silence, asking for peace; everyone, in silence...Mary Queen of peace, pray for us."
In response to this appeal for prayer, Archbishop Mancini invites the people and parishes of the Church of Halifax-Yarmouth to dedicate time during the October 4-5 weekend to pray in solidarity with the whole Church for peace. To set the tone for the weekend all are invited to gather on Oct 3, the eve of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, at St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica for an Evening Prayer for Peace at 7:00pm. During the weekend it would be especially appropriate to seek the intercession of St. Francis by taking time to pray The Prayer of Saint Francis.