October 2-10, 2016

All-day Eucharistic Prayer Vigil, Monday, October 10, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.–4:30 pm. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.

The International Week of Prayer and Fasting is a grassroots movement of Catholics and other Christians from around the world participating in a global network of prayer and fasting for these three goals:


To Pray and Fast for the conversion of peoples and nations


To Pray and Fast to build a Culture of Life


To Pray and Fast for Peace and for Mercy in Our World

In the Media

Jesus Himself has shown us by His own example that prayer and fasting are the first and most effective weapons against the forces of evil.

Pope Saint John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae

2016 International Day of Prayer Speakers


Congressman Chris Smith

Elected in 1980, Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton, N.J.) is currently in his 18th term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and serves residents in the Fourth Congressional District of New Jersey. Smith, currently serves as a senior member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and is chairman of its Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organization Subcommittee.  Co-Chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus since 1982.

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Fr. Chis Alar

Fr. Chris M. Alar, MIC, entered the Marians of the Immaculate Conception (the religious community entrusted with spreading the message and devotion of Divine Mercy) as a Postulant in July 2006.  Over the past several years he has been mentored by the world’s leading experts in Divine Mercy and he has spoken at nearly 100 parishes to date.


Fr. Stephen Imbarrato

Fr. Stephen Imbarrato is the founder of Project Defending Life and began working full-time for Priests for Life in June 2015.  A painful past – namely his own complicity in an abortion many years ago – that brought him to the priesthood and now allows him to preach the Gospel of Life “from the standpoint of mercy.”



Lila Rose

Lila Rose is President of Live Action, an educational nonprofit dedicated to inspiring a culture of life in America and beyond. Live Action hosts the largest online platform for the pro-life movement, hosting Live Action News, a widely read pro-life news site, and serving a social media following of over 1.4 million Facebook likes and more than 100,000 Twitter followers. Lila also leads national undercover investigations of the abortion industry and lobby.