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Beautiful: In the Month of Mary, the Pope Prays for Women

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 05/03/16

Check out the video from the Vatican below.

Some context, from the Aleteia home page:

In the month of May — the Month in which we especially honor Mary of Nazareth, by whose “fiat” the Christ came to Be — the Holy Father is inviting the whole world to consider the dignity of women, the intrinsic and co-creative worth of women, and the need to assure their contributive participation in every sphere of life. Pope Francis says, “If you think this is clearly right, join my petition. It is a prayer–that in all countries of the world women may be honored and respected and valued for their essential contribution to society.” It is no difficult thing to pray for the pope’s own prayer intentions: generally, it consists in praying a Hail Mary, an Our Father and a Glory Be, everyday, offered for “the intentions of the pope”. But here is another prayer, from Aleteia: Lord Jesus Christ, Incarnate Word of the Father born of a woman; Redeemer who forgave, and healed, and talked with women, and permitted an anointing by the hands and hair of a woman; Risen Savior who first appeared to a woman, hear our prayers for the sake of women throughout the world, who remain challenged by ignorances both ancient and modern. Believing that when women live in safety, with nourishment, education, and opportunity, society itself is strengthened and families are better able to weather the common and uncommon hardships of life, we join our prayers to the petition of the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, for the good and welfare of all women, everywhere, and their families. We ask this in your Holy Name. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us Saint Joseph, Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us Amen

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