Members of the Grand Rapids diocese are joining with Catholics around the world for 24 hours of prayer.

The worldwide initiative called for by Pope Francis is being celebrated here in Grand Rapids at the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

The local observance starting with the 12:05 Mass Friday afternoon. The cathedral will stay open for 24 hours, with the Sacrament of Reconciliation offered around the clock, said Fr. John Geaney.

"He wants to show the Lord's mercy through anyone that wants to receive it. I don't think we've ever had a situation where we were doing 24 hours. We have had several programs of confessions of, let’s say, from 5 to 8 as we did a week ago here in the diocese."

In addition to confession, the cathedral hosted a Stations of the Cross service Friday night.