Join Pope Francis — And the Whole Church — In Praying for Families!


March 3, 2014

Pope Francis wrote a letter to families of the whole world on February 2.

He has a request for you and for me.

He asked us to pray for families
And for the Church as she defends families
and prepares for a world meeting of bishops on this topic.

I don’t have to tell you about the attacks on the family.

It starts with abortion, which destroys the family’s weakest member, the child in the womb, and distorts the very nature of the family, which is called to be the sanctuary of life.

And the attack continues with attempts to redefine marriage, to mock the notion of lifelong fidelity, and on and on…

The Pope is calling bishops from around the world to gather in October in Rome.

This special meeting, called a “Synod,” is a special act of the Church to show how important a topic is and to examine and strengthen the Church’s response to a particular problem.

I have composed a special prayer that I am inviting you and your family to say on a regular basis, so that we can let Pope Francis know that we are responding to his urgent request.

Along with the prayer, you will be able to read the whole letter from the Pope, which is not long. Let me quote from it briefly.

He says that the upcoming Synod of Bishops “is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church.”

As you know, one of the key challenges to family life is the pro-abortion mindset that afflicts our world. Abortion destroys the family, not only because it kills its weakest members, but because the aftereffects of abortion destroy the marriage relationship, weaken parenting skills, and can make it physically impossible to have more children in the future.

As my long-time friend Dr. Philip Ney — a child psychiatrist — has often said, nothing in the world today is more destructive of the family than abortion!

And two other people with whom I had the privilege to speak about these matters — Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Pope John Paul II — both on their way to sainthood — said the same thing.

Mother Teresa said,

“The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”

And Pope John Paul II wrote a marvelous document on the family which you will be able to see when you follow the links below.

So let’s respond together to this special moment in the Church, when Pope Francis makes this request:

“I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task.”

And as the Pope makes clear, the task isn’t just theirs; it’s ours!

So please click here to find and download the prayer for families and to let us — and Pope Francis — know that you will say it regularly!



Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

P.S. This is the type of action that Priests for Life can take nationwide as we mobilize our movement. To help make it possible for Priests for Life to conduct campaigns such as this one, please click here and be as generous as you can.



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