Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. has invited all 219 parishes in the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia to participate in a Day of Prayer for Iraq on Sunday, August 17th.

This initiative is part of a national effort being led by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It follows the call of Pope Francis for the Universal Church to join in prayerful solidarity for an immediate end to the violence and destruction in Iraq along with the merciless persecution being directed at Christians.

Next Sunday, a Holy Hour will take place in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to pray especially for the intention of peace in Iraq.

Sunday, August 17, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Archbishop Chaput has asked that prayerful remembrance of the devastating plight of Christians in Iraq be encouraged whenever Catholics gather for celebration of the Sacred Liturgy and for devotional prayer, especially in adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament and while praying the Holy Rosary.


(See Day of Prayer for Iraq intention here.)

For additional information on Day of Prayer for Iraq in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit For further information on national efforts related to the Day of Prayer for Iraq being coordinated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, please visit