Pope Francis: Pray the rosary for Church’s protection against the Great Accuser

In Sept. 29 statement, Vatican says pope affirmed that prayer “is the weapon against Satan who ‘goes around the world seeking to accuse.’ Only prayer can defeat him.”

A pilgrim prays the rosary in St. Peter’s Square. (Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA)

Pope Francis has asked all Catholics to pray the rosary daily during the month of October, asking Mary and St. Michael the Archangel to intercede for the protection of the Church in a moment of “spiritual turbulence.”

A Sept. 29 statement from the Vatican said that Pope Francis had recently affirmed that prayer “is the weapon against the Great Accuser who ‘goes around the world seeking to accuse.’ Only prayer can defeat him.”

“The Russian mystics and the great saints of all the traditions advised, in moments of spiritual turbulence, to shelter beneath the mantle of the Holy Mother of God,” the statement added.

The pope said that recitation of the rosary would invoke Mary’s intercession, placing the Church under her “protective mantle.”

The statement also encouraged the prayer of Sub Tuum Praesidium: “We fly to Thy protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.”

The pope did not specify the “spiritual turbulence” to which he referred, but did say that prayer could help the Church to become “more aware of the faults, the errors and the abuses committed in the present and in the past, and committed to combating without any hesitation, so that evil may not prevail.”

Pope Francis also encouraged that Catholics end the rosary with the recitation of the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, composed by Pope Leo XII: “Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.”

From Catholic News Agency.

Comments

  1. As others have pointed out, Francis is the cause of his own troubles. All he has to do is to respond to Vigano, to the Dubia cardinals et al, and that will put all accusations of prevarication and manipulation to rest. He has the solution and has chosen not to exercise it.

    • Anonymous says:

      He can’t say anything truthful because that’s the end of his papacy. He can’t say anything false to refute Vigano because Vigano will produce papers that prove his charges. Checkmate.

      • Anonymous says:

        It doesn’t matter if Vigano has papers to prove his charges (which he doesn’t).
        The Pope is the Pope. You can’t fire him; you can’t impeach him; you can’t force him to resign.
        And what papers could there be? Yes, you could produce documents from the Vatican, but that doesn’t prove anything.
        Really, we don’t need a Pope who jumps through hoops because someone accuses him of something on the Internet.

  2. I find it interesting that there is a sence of urgency to pray the Rosary, I believe many Catholics already do. This idea was commanded, not suggested, long ago by our Holy Mother.

    • Anonymous says:

      What good has it done all this time?

      • Anonymous says:

        Lots of good but not as much as if everyone had done it.
        I know the power of prayer. The Rosary is the most powerful prayer, excepting the Mass.
        The more you honor His Mother, the more you honor Him. The more you honor God, the more He will bless you. (not that we should give in order to get.)
        The devil does not want you to pray the rosary because it binds him.
        I saw people fight the praying of the Rosary. They are gone and the Rosary group is still there faithfully praying it every week for the past 25 years.

  3. Anonymous says:

    “With this intercession request the Holy Father asks the faithful of the whole world to pray for the Holy Mother of God, place the Church under her protective mantle: to preserve her from the attacks of the evil one, the great accuser, and make it at the same time more and more aware of the faults, the mistakes, the abuses committed in the present and in the past and committed to fight without any hesitation so that evil does not prevail “.

  4. When I requested the Prayer to St. Michael after the masses at my parish, I was told this had to come from the diocese. I spoke to the Liturgy office where I was told it had to come from the Bishop so she would pass the request on to Bishop McElroy.. I have not heard back. At least 5 Bishops, maybe more, have directed their parishes to recite this powerful prayer. as we did for many years in the past. I had intended to request this of Bishop McElroy at the first deanery meeting but was unable to attend. I hope someone will make this request at subsequent meetings.(And maybe ask what possible reason could there be for not giving this directive?)

    • Anonymous says:

      Cardinal Dolan of New York; Archbishop Blair of Hartford, CT; Archbishop Carlton of St. Louis; Archbishop Naumann of Kansas City, KS; Archbishop Sample of Portland;Bishop Stika of Knoxville; Bishop Morlino of Madison; Bishop Caggiano of Bridgeport, CT; Bishop Zubik of Pittsburg; Bishop Baker of Birmingham, AL; Bishop Thomas of Toledo; Bishop Poprocki of Springfield; Bishop Vann of Orange CA; Bishop James Wall of Gallup, NM: Bishop Schlert of Allentown
      Some were novenas; some for a month, a year or indefinitely

    • Anonymous says:

      Just start saying the prayer yourself. Why do you need a directive?

  5. Anonymous says:

    “There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families … that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
    Blessed Lucia of Fatima

  6. Anonymous says:

    The 15 promises to those who pray the Rosary
    http://www.rosary-center.org/conprom.htm

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