I just read something on a liberal website, sent by a reader itching that I comment.

It was unspeakably hateful about the Church and about the Holy Father.


Just pray.

Forgiveness for the haters.

Forgiveness for the failings of all professed Catholics.

Consolation for the damaged.

Courage, health and length of days for the Pope.

V. Let us pray for our Pontiff, Pope Benedict.

R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and bless him upon earth, and deliver him not to the will of his enemies.

Our Father.  Hail Mary.

Let us pray.

O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Benedict, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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  1. wanda says:

    Prayed for our Holy Father and will continue to do so.

  2. tonio5555 says:

    prayer said.

  3. Praying for the Holy Father and all Priests facing false accusations. It’s a horrific situation to have to face alone. We must come to their aid during this modern-day Crucible.

  4. Kate says:

    Praying and will keep praying!

  5. Henry Edwards says:

    In case anyone would like to bookmark for quick loading a slightly extended version of this prayer in Latin and English:

    Some time ago, some members of our community started saying these prayers daily as a perpetual novenas on behalf of and in thanksgiving for Pope Benedict XVI.

  6. ssoldie says:

    First decade of my rosary for priest is for our Holy Father.

  7. nzcatholic says:

    To those who can. Why dont we offer an extra rosary for Our Holy Father Pope Benedict. Hes a gentle man and I think he is a Saint.

  8. JonM says:

    Since the media began its latest attack on the Pope, I added ten extra Ave Maria prayers specifically for him each morning (I pray in Latin or French…I haven’t mastered the German yet.)

  9. irishgirl says:

    Praying my Rosary everyday for our Holy Father.

    Dear Mary, Mother of the Church, look down on the Vicar of your Son and place him under your mantle!

    St. Joseph, Protector of Holy Church, pray for our Holy Father, who bore your name at his baptism!

    St. Benedict, intercede for our Holy Father, who bears your name as Pope!

  10. swamp_rabbit says:

    I read an extremely hateful, poorly written, poorly fact checked, etc article this morning (maybe the same one) over the internet and it left me depressed all day…

    At the end of the day, I just said a rosary for the pope. This pope and his writings got me and my wife through a very difficult time in our lives. This is about him and not us, but I owe him a lot, of course, through Christ.

    So, I just pray.

  11. Dr. Eric says:

    I said the prayer and I try to remember to say a quick prayer for him every time his picture is shown or a video of him is played.

  12. compozor says:

    Said the prayer and two decades of the Rosary for him last night. Will continue to pray for our Papa each day. The Slate piece was utterly hateful. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.

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