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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

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Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

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Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

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Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

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Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

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What is fasting?

2013-09-06

Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. This call was well received among other religious traditions, some of which will join the Catholics in this particular day of fasting. 

Throughout human history, thousands of people have fasted for political, civil, religious and medical reasons. Even Gandhi said that fasting was as old as Adam. Other relevant people who have fasted are Confucius, Aristotle and Martin Luther King Jr. 

For most religions, fasting means remorse, openness of the soul and prayer. It's a sign of penitence and union as brothers.

For Catholics, fasting means to cut down the main meal of the day, and reduce the others.


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