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Pope Francis today, August 9th, at 10am Rome/4am New York time, asked all Catholic parishes and communities to say a special prayer this weekend:[tweet https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/498015880756727808]
We will heed the Holy Father’s request here at St. Barnabas and Holy Rosary. Unless some other prayer is indicated to us by the Bishop or the Bishops’ Conference over the course of the day, I will print out copies of the Memorare.
In fact, let’s all say it right now for this very intention, indicated to us by Pope Francis:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thy intercession
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins, my mother!
To thee do I come, before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
especially for a swift end to
the Christian genocide in Iraq,
and for all suffering there,
but in thy mercy hear and answer me.