Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for February, urging the Faithful to pray for women who are victims of violence.

Pope Francis’ Worldwide Prayer Network of the Apostleship of Prayer developed “The Pope Video” initiative in 2016 as a way to spread the Holy Father’s monthly prayer intentions on the challenges humanity faces in a video based format.

For the month of February, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention that we “pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded by all.”

Pope Francis has accompanied his video with an official prayer so you can pray for his monthly intention:

“Gracious Father,
You who love each of your sons and daughters,
Make the gifts of your Spirit bear fruit in me, so that I may learn to love as you love.
Give me the grace to look at each woman with the gaze of the heart, the look capable of giving full value and being filled with gratitude.
I pray to you for all women who are victims of violence, may their sufferings be heard and considered, and may they work every day of their lives with great dignity knowing that, as the Holy Father says, ‘a conquest in favor of women is an achievement for the good of all humanity.’
Our Father…”

Accompanied with the Holy Father’s intention are his “Attitudes” for the month of February:

    • Discover and embrace the value of women, as Pope Francis proposes: “It is unacceptable that a person has fewer rights simply because they are a woman.” (FT, n. 121)
      Listen carefully to the suffering of the women you meet with a welcoming attitude. “Can I look at people with my heart? Do I have the people I live with in my heart?” (Pope Francis, 01.01.20)
    • Become aware of the subtle and implicit forms of violence that exist in society, many of them tolerated and normalized in conversations, prejudices or social stigmas. “Doubly poor are women who suffer from situations of exclusion, mistreatment and violence, because they are often less able to defend their rights.” (Pope Francis, EG, n.212)
    • Consider the essential value that women bring to the various spheres of social, ecclesial, labor, political life, etc. “Despite notable improvements in the recognition of women’s rights and their participation in the public space, there is still much to do in some countries.” (Pope Francis, AL, 54)
    • Protect women who suffer. Collaborate with institutions that work to support women who are victims of violence. “If we want a better world, that is a house of peace and not a field of war, we must all do much more for the dignity of every woman.” (Pope Francis, 01.01.20)

Read below the full prayer intention of Pope Francis, and watch “The Pope Video” for February:

“Today, there continue to be women who suffer violence. Psychological violence, verbal violence, physical violence, sexual violence.

It’s shocking how many women are beaten, insulted, and raped.

The various forms of ill-treatment that many women suffer are acts of cowardice and a degradation of all humanity. Of men and of all humanity.

The testimonies of the victims who dare to break their silence are a cry for help that we cannot ignore.

We must not look the other away.

Let us pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded by all.”

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