‘Pray for the Depressed’: Pope Francis – Nov 2021

Nov 5, 2021 | 0 comments

Pope Francis’s Prayer intention for November 2021 is for the 10% of the world’s population who now suffer from depression or other mental illness.
“Overwork and work-related stress cause many people to experience extreme exhaustion — mental, emotional, affective, and physical exhaustion,” the pope said.

“Let us not forget that, along with the indispensable psychological counseling, which is useful and effective,” Jesus’ words can help us and others to find solace: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Among the many depressed now too are many young people who are worried about climate change, and the seeming inability of those in charge of the world to get a persuasive grip of the problem

The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network of the Apostleship of Prayer has developed “The Pope Video” initiative, to which anyone can connect on the Internet.

To learn more about this initiative from ‘La Croix Internationalclick here.


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ACI’s Campaign for Lumen Gentium 37

The Promise of Synodality

What we have experienced of synodality so far gives ACI real hope that a longstanding structural injustice in the church may at last be acknowledged and overcome.

As all Irish bishops well know, the 'co-responsibility' they urge lay people to share - as numbers and energies of clergy decline - has been sabotaged time and again by canonical rules that deny representational authority and continuity to parish pastoral councils.  ACI's 2019 call for the immediate honouring of Lumen Gentium Article 37 becomes more urgent by the day and is supported by the following documents - also presented to the ICBC in October 2019.

The Common Priesthood of the People of God and the Renewal of the Church
It was Catholic parents and victims of clerical abuse who taught Catholic Bishops to prioritise the safeguarding of children in the church

Jesus as Model for the Common Priesthood of the People of God
It was for challenging religious hypocrisy and injustice that Jesus was accused and crucified. He is therefore a model for the common priesthood of the laity and for the challenging of injustice - in society and within the church.

A Suggested Strategy for the Recovery of the Irish and Western Catholic Church
Recovery of the church depends upon acknowledgment of the indispensable role of the common priesthood of the lay people of God and the explicit abandonment by bishops and clergy of paternalism and clericalism - the expectation of deference from lay people rather than honesty and integrity.

For the full story of ACI's campaign for the honouring of Article 37 of Lumen Gentium, click here.


"Come Holy Spirit, Renew Your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost. Grant to Your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of blessed Peter, it may advance the reign of our Divine Saviour, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen."

Saint Pope John XXIII, 1962 - In preparation for Vatican Council II, 1962-65.

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