Speaking at the Angelus the Sunday before his trip to Assisi on Tuesday 20 September, Pope Francis asked for worldwide prayers in communion with the gathering of religious leader.

“On Tuesday, I will go to Assisi for the prayer meeting for peace, thirty years since that historic encounter of St. John Paul II.

“I invite parishes, church associations and individual believers around the world to live that day as a day of prayer for peace.

“Today, more than ever, we need peace, in this war that is all over the world. We pray for peace!

“Following the example of St. Francis, man of brotherhood and meekness, we are all called to offer to the world a strong testimony of our common commitment to peace and reconciliation among peoples.

“So Tuesday, everyone united in prayer: everyone take some time, as one can do, to pray for peace. All over the world together.”