Nuncio seeks prayer for Pope Francis amidst ‘difficult time’

Nuncio seeks prayer for Pope Francis amidst ‘difficult time’

Papal nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia delivers his homily as he celebrates Mass for the visit of Padre Pio’ heart relic at the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Santo Tomas, Batangas Oct. 6. ROY LAGARDE

By Roy Lagarde

October 8, 2018

Manila, Philippines

The papal nuncio to the Philippines invite the faithful to pray for Pope Francis amid the clerical sex abuse crisis that is engulfing the Catholic Church and his papacy.

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia said the pope needs prayer so that he can continue his reforms and the mission of the Church.

“Please remember to pray for him, especially in this difficult time,” Caccia said during Mass for the visit of Padre Pio’s heart relic at its national shrine in Santo Tomas, Batangas on Saturday.

According to him, the church is facing many diverse problems today including missionary challenges and issues affecting the family, environment, peace, migrants and refugees.

The pope’s constant call to the church to be less concerned with itself and to be more inclusive, compassionate and outward-looking.

“And of course the Pope spoke about purification inside the Church also. There are some scandals that don’t help in going on with confidence,” added Caccia.

“There are many issues to which we need to have the helping hand of God, the Holy Spirit,” he also said. “So the pope asked for prayers because there are many challenges in the period of our time.”

Pope Francis has earlier called on the world’s Catholics to pray the rosary each day during the entire Marian month of October to protect the church from what he says are “attacks by the devil”.

He also wants prayers so the church becomes ever more aware of its “guilt, errors and abuses committed in the present and the past and is committed to combat it without fail to prevent evil from prevailing”.