Catholic Archbishop Urges Three-Day Fast For Jan. 6 Defendants

Catholic Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who has served in several high-level Vatican roles, is backing a three-day fast to bring "heavenly protection" for defendants charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and for the nation as a whole "against the subversive attack of the deep state."

  • Vigano, ex-Vatican secretary-general and former Holy See diplomat to the United States, called for a fast from Jan. 3 to 5, in a letter Saturday to Joseph McBride, an attorney for multiple Jan. 6 defendants.
  • “In your message you tell me about your initiative to announce three days of fasting to propitiate heavenly protection to the United States of America against the subversive attack of the deep state,” Vigano wrote to McBride, who initially contacted the archbishop for his support. “I can only encourage and bless this commendable gesture of penance, to be accompanied by prayer – above all the Holy Rosary.”
  • The archbishop concluded his letter by giving his “greatest and paternal Blessing” to those who defend Catholicism.