WE PRAY WITH POPE FRANCIS, editorial team with material from AICA •
Pope Francis, in the latest instalment of “The Pope Video” initiated a campaign to pray for the Church during the month of October and recalled the snares of the devil in daily life: “The Devil presents himself with great power, he brings you gifts. But you don’t know what’s inside.” —
Pope Francis renewed the invitation he made at the beginning of the month to pray the Rosary every day, concluding with the antiphon ‘We fly to your patronage’ and the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, “to repel the attacks of the devil who wants to divide the Church”, during the Angelus prayer on Sunday, 7 October.
“Over the last few years and months, the Church we has gone through difficult situations, including sexual abuse, the abuse of power and conscience, and internal divisions. The Church’s evangelising mission has been discredited because of our cumplicity,” said Fr. Frédéric Fornos SJ, the international director for the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.
Pope Francis described the prayer as “the weapon against the Great Prosecutor.” “The biblical tradition speaks about the ‘seducer of the world,’ or ‘Lucifer,’ who presents himself as the angel of light, under the guise of goodness, who leads us to deceit. Fr. Fornes added that the Holy Father emphasises that “only prayer can defeat him.
“The Pope Video” has been published on schoenstatt.org since it began in 2016.
Original: 10 October, Spanish. Translation: Sarah-Leah Pimentel, Cape Town, South Africa