October 1st-9th, 2017

All-day Eucharistic Prayer Vigil, Monday, October 9th, 2017 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:

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To Pray and Fast for the conversion of peoples and nations

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To Pray and Fast to build a Culture of Life

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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

2017 International Day of Prayer Speakers

Eric Scheidler

Eric Scheidler grew up in the pro-life movement, attending rallies, pickets, and leafletting campaigns with his parents from a young age. In 2002, Eric joined the Pro-Life Action League as communications director, and in 2009 assumed the role of executive director.

Under Eric’s direction, the Pro-Life Action League has expanded its national leadership role to include coordinating large nationwide events like the 2012 Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies and the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, launched in 2013. Eric provides assistance to local pro-life leaders throughout the country in organizing public pro-life witness, earning media coverage, working with police, and confronting abortion providers.

Immaculée Ilibagiza

Immaculée Ilibagiza was born and raised in a small village in Rwanda, Africa. The genocide that swept her country in 1994 transformed her life forever. To protect his only daughter, Immaculée’s father sent her to a local pastor’s house. She and seven other women were sheltered in a hidden bathroom for 91 days. To fight the anger and resentment building inside her, Immaculée prayed the rosary. By turning to God and away from hate, Immaculée was saved. After the genocide, she came face-to-face with the man who killed her mother and one of her brothers. After enduring months of physical, mental and spiritual suffering, Immaculée was still able to offer the unthinkable, telling the man, “I forgive you.” Immaculée has written many bestselling books on her experiences and today is regarded as one of the world’s leading speakers on faith, hope, and forgiveness.

Teresa Tomeo

Teresa Tomeo is a bestselling author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and speaker with more than thirty years of experience in print and broadcast media. Tomeo is a columnist and special correspondent for OSV Newsweekly. She was named a Vatican conference speaker and conference delegate and spoke at the 2013 conference the “Rights of the Family and the Challenges of the Contemporary World.” Tomeo participated in the Vatican Women’s Congress in 2008. She speaks throughout North America and also leads overseas retreats and pilgrimages annually. Tomeo is a teacher for St. Benedict Press’ Catholic Courses. She is best known for her bestselling books: Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture; and Noise: How Our Media Saturated Culture Dominates Lives and Dismantles Families.