Monday, March 18, 2013

International Prayer: Prayer for Pope Francis

Last week Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis takes over at a time when the church appears to need change. I am not Catholic but I see this as an important event for all Christians. Like it or not the Catholic Church is seen worldwide as the face of Christianity. Pope Francis is now the public face of the Catholic Church. His words and actions will have a huge impact on both believers and unbelievers. As such I believe it is important that we pray for the new Pope.

Please join in prayer for Pope Francis. Pray for fulfillment of his desire to see the Catholic Church minister to the poor. Pray the new Pope is able to do what is needed to run the worldwide organization that is the Catholic Church. Most of all pray that as a man Pope Francis remembers that Christ comes first.

I know that among Protestants and perhaps even among Catholics there are a number of opinions about the office of the Pope. Our differences should not keep us from praying for each other nor should they keep us from praying for church leaders, even those in other denominations. Let us lift up Pope Francis recognizing that we are called to pray for each other.

As always remember, across the seas or across the fence, we find neighbors who are facing hardship. Pray and make yourself available in case God wants to use you to help someone else.

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