Catholics in the Diocese of Juneau and Southeast Alaska are being asked to take to their knees Saturday in prayer for peace in Syria.
The request comes on the heels of a call from Pope Francis for a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for the country being ravaged by civil war.
Bishop Edward J. Burns directed parishes in the region to set aside time from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for public prayer. The timing coincides with a planned vigil at the Vatican from 7 p.m. until midnight Rome time.
Burns will be leading the prayers at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Petersburg. Christians, members of other faiths and people wishing well for Syria are invited to join the Catholic prayers.
To find a prayer gathering to join Saturday, individuals should visit Diocesan website at www.dioceseofjuneau.org or contact the Diocese of Juneau at 586-2227 ext. 32.