The Pope has issued an invitation to every Catholic worldwide: please take the month of October (a Marian month, since both the last Fatima apparition and the Miracle of the Sun happened in October) and pray a rosary everyday. Also, every faithful should conclude the rosary with a special invocation to Our Lady (the Sub Tuum Presidium) and with Pope Leo XIII’s prayer to St. Michael Archangel.

This is completely in character with our dear Pope, one of the most Marian popes we’ve had in the last century (perhaps second only to St. John Paul II.) It is also consistent with his appeals for prayer and penance in his recent Letter to the People of God.

It is worth highlighting that this is not something the Catholic faithful should take lightly. First of all, it is always proper and holy to pray for the intentions of the Holy Father (so much so, that it’s one of the three conditions attached to attaining an indulgence.) Secondly, because only after fervent prayer does any action on the part of the Church (which includes each of us) bear any fruit. Claire Navarro has explained superbly why this is so in her inaugural article for Where Peter Is.

The Church has been under attack in recent times. This attack does not come from the abuse victims, who seek only justice, closure and a healthy change in the Church’s praxis so that no one else will suffer as they did. Rather the attack comes from those who seek to take advantage of the abuse scandal to undermine the Pope’s Magisterium and advance a preconceived agenda. Even more sinister, the attack comes from the supernatural realm, since it is fitting that the Devil would attack the Visible Head of the Church and the bishops in order to lead as many souls as possible away from the path of salvation.

In fact, a little discernment can certainly make obvious that such hatred and contempt for the Holy Father can only be attributed to Satanic influence. And we know that some “kinds” of demons can only be “driven out by prayer” (Mk 9:29). Prayers to Mary were credited for the military victory in Lepanto. In Fatima, Our Lady urged the faithful to pray the daily rosary for the conversion of Russia… and the Soviet Union, which held half the world in its ideological and anti-theistic grip, miraculously fell like a castle of cards. The power of prayer is enormous.

I can only imagine the power of millions of Catholics around the globe praying the rosary in unison. The good it would do, if every single Catholic would take up the task the Holy Father has given us this month, of praying the Holy Rosary everyday, especially under these special auspices of both Our Lady and St. Michael, defeater of demons. I am sure that the Devil’s grip on the Church would be loosened, so that our clergy would be more sanctified (in order not to commit heinous crimes), that the scales in the eyes of our laity’s souls might fall off and they might open their hearts to the Pope’s teachings and that every single action we might take to tackle abuse in our Church might bear good fruit.

And I think that this might unite our Church, so divided in the past few years. For this arrangement can certainly be welcomed and embraced even by many the Pope’s critics, who are devoted to these traditional prayers and are concerned about the “smoke of Satan having entered the Church.” It would be good that they would pray these October rosaries with the proper disposition: and by this I mean, pray it with detachment, that the Will of God might be done in the Church, whatever it might be, and not that the Pope or the Church might go the way they think it should. But I also believe that God attends to our prayers, not out of our merits in praying them (for our merits are naught), but out of His goodness, so that He takes even our imperfect offerings and turns them to good.

So let us take up the challenge the Pope has laid out for us. We have nothing to fear, nothing to loose, and in fact, everything to gain. The Church is at a crossroads and all hands are on deck to bring up a happier outcome. Here is the Pope’s full appeal, as per the VaticanNews website:

“The Holy Father has decided to invite all the faithful, of all the world, to pray the Holy Rosary every day, during the entire Marian month of October, and thus to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael  Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other.

In recent days, before his departure for the Baltic States, the Holy Father met with Fr. Fréderic Fornos, S.J., international director of the World Network of Prayer for the Pope, and asked him to spread this appeal to all the faithful throughout the world, inviting them to conclude the recitation of the Rosary with the ancient invocation “Sub Tuum Praesidium”, and with the prayer to Saint Michael Archangel that he protect us and help us in the struggle against evil (cf. Revelation 12, 7-12).

The prayer – the Pontiff affirmed a few days ago, on 11 September, in a homily at Santa Marta, citing the first book of Job – 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 pronouncing the invocation “Sub Tuum Praesidium”.

The invocation “Sub Tuum Praesidium” is recited as follows:

“Sub tuum praesidium confugimus Sancta Dei Genitrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo Gloriosa et Benedicta”.

[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].

With this request for intercession the Holy Father asks the faithful of all the world to pray that the Holy Mother of God place the Church beneath her protective mantle: to preserve her from the attachks by the devil, the great accuser, and at the same time to make her 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.

The Holy Father has also asked that the recitation of the Holy Rosary during the month of October conclude with the prayer written by Leo XIII:

 “Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio; contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae caelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute, in infernum detrude. Amen”.

[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]


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Pedro Gabriel, MD, is a Catholic layman and physician, born and residing in Portugal. He is a medical oncologist, currently employed in a Portuguese public hospital. A published writer of Catholic novels with a Tolkienite flavor, he is also a parish reader and a former catechist. He seeks to better understand the relationship of God and Man by putting the lens on the frailty of the human condition, be it physical and spiritual. He also wishes to provide a fresh perspective of current Church and World affairs from the point of view of a small western European country, highly secularized but also highly Catholic by tradition.

Francis’ rosary call – let’s pray for our Church!

10 Responses

  1. jong says:

    Thanks Pedro for a very timely article, hope many Catholics follow the inspiration of Mama Mary to Pope Francis and say this prayer daily and if possible add the Luminous Mystery to bring Light & strength to Pope Francis and all Clergy & Prelates.

    Pope Francis is really docile to the Voice of the Holy Spirit and very calm & meek in handling the Church Crisis. This shows that we have very Great Pope who knows how to fight back and win a battle with the forces of darkness.

    Looking back, Pope Francis call us to Conversion, and then Silence and proclaimed a calendar feast day for Mary as the Mother of the Church. And now, Pope Francis is re-introducing the ancient prayer of the People of God imploring Mary’s protection & help in times of great trouble.

    But, the most significant message of Pope Francis is the translation of the Lord’s Prayer in it’s proper essence, and rightfully so, why?

    We are now seeing a Church Invasion from the inside, the forces of satan is now attacking not the ordinary clergy but already targeting their attacks on Bishops. a fallen Bishops meaning a Diocese is conquered, a fallen Archbishop a much larger Church is conquered, a fallen Cardinal means Satan forces gaining grounds in the Vatican and the ultimate victory for satan is a fallen Pope then the Church falls into his hands.

    Pope Francis translating the power of the Lord’s Prayer to counter the Military style invasion of Satan states that faithful Catholic must pray the Our Father with the translation into “DO NOT LET US FALL INTO A MILITARY ATTACK”. Now, the Red October and Red Army comes into play this translation makes sense to me., the Church is under a Military Invasion right now.

    The month of October is synonymous to Red October having built a Red Army while Mama Mary is known to call all Marian faithful as warrior too, the famous one which St.Padre Pio once said and exhort is the Blue Army.
    Red Army vs. Blue Army
    Satans seeds vs. Mary’s seed
    Light vs darkness

    I think it’s becoming obvious St.JP2 description of the Final Confrontation is unfolding now in a much clearer way.

    The St.Michael Prayer was introduced to protect the Church in 1884 immediately composed by Pope Leo XIII but disappear suddenly in 1965, why?

    God granted satan request for more power means allowing Satan forces to enter the Vatican and St.Michael must step aside for awhile.

    This is the Great Strategy of God allowing Satan’s Red Armies to invade inside Vatican, although for us it’s too dangerous to consider, but God Omnipotence design the Church Way of the Cross like this for the Genesis3:15 to unfold.

    Satan Red Armies, conquering/influencing some Red Hat/Cardinal to join their forces to attack the Church means this October, Pope Francis is expecting a bigger attack on the Church.

    Let’s all join our prayers united with the intention of our beloved Pope Francis to defeat the forces of darkness by bringing the Light of Christ in the Luminous Mystery under the guidance & protection of Mary.

    St.Michael will lead us in spirtual battle and Pope Francis will direct the Church to where it’s should go..

    A very exciting month for all spiritual warriors. Red Army vs. Blue Army

    The weapon of satan is DECEPTION while we have the Gifts of DISCERNMENT plus the Word of God as a sword(Epheisans 6:17),
    bit Pope Francis wants the powerful spiritual sword given to us by Mama Mary , as Fr.Donald Calloway said the rosary is a “powerful spiritual sword that can slay the dragons/demons”.

    Let’s all join forces in prayer and don’t forget the Sword of Mary as St.Michael Sword is also the Light the Luminous Mystery of Christ Life given to all of us.


    S&IHMMP4us.SJtdPPus.HA&SPPus,mGAPPmf. St.John Paul II the Great pray for us.Amen

  2. Dennis says:

    “The Holy Father will have much to suffer” – Our Lady of Fatima

    This call of the Pope is very important and we must add these prayers to the Mother of God and St Michael to our daily rosaries.

    Sister Lucia said the Rosary has been given greater power in this time of battle between Satan and the Blessed Virgin. A terrible battle which only one side can will. We can help to hasten the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart with our prayers, especially the Rosary.

    God protect and guide the Holy Father.

  3. L. Daily says:

    Pray and consider this news. A monied group called The Center for Evangelical Catholicism is starting a protestant oversight movement within the Church to police Cardinals, The Red Hat Report. Read more here:

    This evangelical think tank is primarily a continuation of the ultra conversative movement to discredit the Pope. It’s rallying cry is ‘Had we had the Red Hat Report, we may not have had Pope Francis’.

    Another byproduct of the hybrid evangelical catholic convert influx. You can contact them here to leave a comment.

    • Pedro Gabriel says:

      Yes, troubling news. However, they are already defeated. The Truth (which includes the teachings they don’t like) can’t be bought or sold. The promise of Christ is worth more than every money in the world, and the Church has been persecuted by people more powerful than these guys.

      • carn says:

        I look forward to a reaction on this side, why these people are troubling.

        Cause i cannot see it.

      • Pedro Gabriel says:

        Yeah, having rich people pay millions of dollars for public mob lynchings with obvious bias against the Pope is troubling. If you can’t see it, there’s nothing I can say to convince you.

      • Ralph says:

        It is troubling because there is a serious possibility of schism within the Church or the possibility that wealthy right-wing American Catholics will try to take over the papacy and make the Catholic Church a tool of partisan politics and their own interpretation of Catholicism. It would be little different from the way communist governments in Eastern Europe tried to turn the Orthodox churches into their puppets.

        I can see why Pope Francis has been making more cardinals from outside of the Western world. Political partisanship and ideology have poisoned Catholicism in much of the West and especially the United States. Today the greatest threat is from the Right because they have significantly more resources than the Left and because many American Catholics have absorbed certain cultural habits from evangelical Protestant Christians which has eroded the traditional respect that Catholics had for the office of the pope.

        The most disgusting aspect of this is the cynical use of the very real and serious issue of clerical abuse in order to win political and ideological victories. I live in the United States and I know this type of Catholic very well. These are the kind of people who will attack others for being heterodox and cafeteria Catholics and disobedient to the Magisterium when it suits them but when they don’t like some aspects of Catholic teaching they either mangle it to suit their own beliefs or they become outright disobedient and try to set themselves up as a more orthodox alternative Magisterium as we are seeing today with Pope Francis. At least most of the liberal Catholics I know are honest about their rebellion and don’t think they are literally more Catholic than the pope.

      • carn says:

        You arguments are utterly unconvincing due to at least one very glaring error:

        “It would be little different from the way communist governments in Eastern Europe tried to turn the Orthodox churches into their puppets.”

        The communist governments had and used torture, secret prisons, murder and full staffed spy agencies in trying that and had the full power of states behind that.

        To claim that this would be “little different” is a very, very serious error; hence, your argument is not convincing.

        “It is troubling because there is a serious possibility of schism within the Church”

        With that i agree; i just do not see that group as something increasing the likelihood of schism; this group is a consequence of the divisions within the Church; they are a symptom, not a cause.

  4. Dennis says:

    Very troubling. Pedro if you write up an article on group attack we can share. I’ve already shared this article to Facebook. Let’s shine a light on where these anti-Francis attacks are coming from. God bless you.

  5. L. Daily says:

    I’m disturbed by the number of parish priests who use social media to advocate against the Pope. They inflame the faithful and encourage discord. I’ve started writing to the bishops to request that seminary formation include training in the appropriate use of social media. Left unchecked, this is another form of clerical abuse.

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