That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find–even within the huge cities of the world–opportunities for encounter and solidarity.
On Wednesday, 13 May 1981, in St. Peter's Square at Vatican City, Pope John Paul II was shot in an attempted assassination. The Pope was shot and wounded by Mehmet Ali Ağca while he was entering the square. The Pope was struck four times, and suffered severe blood loss. Ağca was apprehended immediately, and later sentenced to life in prison by an Italian court. The Pope later forgave Ağca for the assassination attempt.
"That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed."
"That small farmers may receive just compensation for their invaluable work."
"That families in need may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments."
"That we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations."
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem. Exaudi orationem meam; ad te omnis caro veniet. Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
The Litany of the Saints (Latin, Litania Sanctorum) is a sacred prayer of the Roman Catholic Church. It is a prayer of invocation to the Triune God, and prayers for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Angels and all the martyrs and saints upon whom Christianity was founded.
Tribute to Catholics of African Descent