Pope Francis calls for Prayers and Fasting  This week, the Holy Father said that he is very concerned regarding the situation in Afghanistan.  “In historic moments like this one, we cannot remain indifferent; the history of the church teaches us this,” he said.  “As Christians this situation obligates us,” he said, launching an appeal to everyone “to intensify your prayer and practice fasting. Prayer and fasting, prayer and penance. This is the moment to do so. I am speaking seriously: intensify your prayer and practice fasting, asking the Lord for mercy and forgiveness.”