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Pray for the Holy Father

Let us redouble our prayers for the Holy Father, who has suffered a slight fracture in his right wrist after a fall. May this incident not embolden the wolves.


  1. Anonymous11:09 AM

    Of course it will embolden the wolves, the vultures and jackals (all the liberals). They will think something grave, when there really isn't, and begin plotting their return to power. Hopefully never to happen.

    They had 26 years under John Paul II and left the Church a wreck. They have hated this good man who is our Pope today, since the first minute of his election in 2005.

    Let's pray for the Pope, that he remains in good health, and surprises the filth liberals and "Spirit of Vatican II" crowd by surviving and reigning with many good acts and decisions in favor of Catholic tradition for years yet.

    I always prayed that Pope Benedict XVI would live and reign in good health until nearly all of the JP II Cardinals are too old either to vote, or to be considered papabile.
    There's a good 7-8 more years to go before that...and I hope Pope Benedict XVI is still here then!

  2. Anonymous11:21 AM

    V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Benedicto.
    R. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. [Ps 40:3]

    Pater noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

    Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

    Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum Benedictum, quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam.
    Per Christum, Dominum nostrum.

  3. Anonymous11:26 AM

    Reports indicate that it is a mild fracture.

    However, considering the pope's age surely it would be unrealistic not to consider how the liturgical scene will change with the next pontificate?

  4. Anonymous11:32 AM

    No to mention the "doctrinal scene" which seems even more narrow.

  5. Can we just simply pray for the Pope without any uncharitable insinuation?
    God is pleased with prayers from pure hearts.

  6. Anonymous12:18 PM

    But those "uncharitable insinuations" are included in the prayer (Ps 40,3). Charity does not deny that we have enemies.

  7. Anonymous1:11 PM

    God grant a speedy recovery to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

    He is such a great Pontiff and we love him very much.
    He is a true Shepherd of the flock and a faithful son of the Church.

    Get well soon Your Holiness!

  8. Anonymous1:16 PM

    I just read this on a news outlet:

    "Incredibly, before going to the hospital the Pope celebrated Mass and even had breakfast."

    That is awesome!

  9. Anonymous1:19 PM

    Viva el Papa....A long , healthy Pontificate...God watch over this wonderful Shepard...

  10. Anonymous1:19 PM

    If the Lord gives Pope Benedict to the summer/fall of 2011, he will appoint somewhere in the range of 1/3-1/2 of the college of Cardinals.

    If the Lord, exceeding in his generosity, mercy an greatness, gives Pope Benedict years until the spring/summer of 2015, he will appoint fully 2/3s of the College of Cardinals.

    We should beg God daily that the Pope may have a healthy and long life, according to His will.

  11. Gee! Such paranoia! he only broke his wrist! Practically my whole family did that at one time or another..

  12. The suffering of His Holiness, which he is surely offering to Our Lord, can only lend greater effectiveness to his mission.

  13. Anonymous1:35 PM

    Catholic Mom of 10:

    Is your family 82 years old and in charge of the Catholic Church on earth?

    I would not say that concern for the Vicar of Christs health in matters seemingly small is "paranoia", but rather love and concern for the man sitting in the Chair of St Peter.

    I am sure that if one of your wonderful 10 children broke his wrist you would offer up prayers for him.

    Mystical Body, you know.
    God bless.

  14. Anonymous1:54 PM

    The Pope has a history of minor blackouts. It's not the broken wrist that's worrying, but why he fell. Still, this is normal for his age, and may be trivial.

  15. prof basto2:05 PM

    I read that this led to a surgery.

    May the Holy Father recover fully and quickly.

  16. Dan Hunter

    Perhaps,as you cast your critical eye over the comment section, you might also make mention to the first commenter re his words about Pope John Paul 11. I personally found this to be very insulting to the last Pope.Maybe show a little love and concern for him too? It is odd no-one is picking up anyone on that,apart from James request for charitable prayer.Mind you,the person who first commented has chosen to remain nameless,I see.

    Very mysterious,this Mystical body,it would seem.

    God bless the present Pope and give him speedy return to health.

  17. Anonymous2:41 PM


  18. Anonymous2:42 PM

    The post asks for prayers for the Holy Father. If everyone did that instead of making silly comments we would all be better catholics.

  19. Anonymous no.10 said

    "The post asks for prayers for the Holy Father. If everyone did that instead of making silly comments we would all be better catholics".

    Well said! Wish I'd thought of that!
    I do wish Catholic parents would stop naming their children 'Anonymous' though.Gets very confusing...

  20. His Holiness has just been released from the hospital. Deo Gratias!

  21. Anonymous3:36 PM

    It's a miracle through the intercession of Saint Gianna Veronica Strombolo, patroness of those with bone fractures. I lit a candle to her this morning when I heard the news of the Holy Father.

  22. As one who has often expressed my opinion on what His Holiness should and must do re: the faculties and jurisdiction question, I now simply request His Holiness gets well soon. We have but one pope and it is he and we pray for his good health.

  23. THE
    The sweetness of my prose for you
    Is but a taste of Heaven's dew.

    The sweetness of my prose I give
    To you as long as I shall live.

    The sweetness of my prose I owe
    To you who helped me in my woe.

    The sweetness of my prose desired
    Shrive my soul you have inspired.

    The sweetness of my prose your feast
    O man above the angels least.

    The sweetness of my prose a flower
    Perfumed to sweeten your spiritual power.

    'Fore virile men sheep shake in fear
    Sweet scented strength will bring them near

    To shepherd's side, marked man of God,
    O lead us all to Heaven's Sod!

    Blessed Mother keep watch!

  24. Adeodatus4:48 PM

    I love that he said Mass before going to the hospital. What a guy!

  25. Louis E.5:51 PM

    There are currently 113 cardinal-electors,of whom 75 will turn 80 by April 2017 (the month the Pope would turn 90).However,12 of those are among the current Pope's 30 appointees,and some near-term appointees may themselves turn 80 in that span (Archbishops Sardi and Monterisi,each given appointments that raise their chances of the cardinalate in recent months,were both born in 1934,the new Major Penitentiary was born in 1935).

    It's impossible to talk in terms of proportion of the entire College the Pope will have appointed,as over-80 Cardinals die in God's time and non canon-law's.There are currently 7 vacancies among the 120 electoral places.

  26. Anonymous6:24 PM

    Louis E.,

    Sure it's possible.

    Take a list of the Cardinal Electors from when Papa Benedict was elected. Obviously remove him from the list.

    Then figure out when each person turns 80.

    Do that and you see the key years of 2011 and 2015.

    I hope that helps explain things.

  27. Louis E.7:43 PM

    Anonymous of 18:24,you are ignoring the distinction I was drawing.The College of Cardinals is not the same thing as the Cardinal are Cardinals until they die,with no limitation as to their age or number,while Electors are 120 men under age 80.As of yesterday's death of Cardinal Margeot,there are 185 cardinals.(And 2016 sees far more 80th birthdays than 2015!)

  28. Anonymous No.5
    Yes, charity does not deny we have enemies...
    Jesus also says "Love your enemies"..

    Anyway, we thank the Lord for answering our prayers for the Holy Father's well-being.

    It's just funny that a simple prayer request would lead to outlandish arguments and statements. Next thing we may even hear of a conspiracy theory...
    Anyway, my prayers are for you too!

  29. Lauren9:59 PM


    That is awesome! Thanks for that tidbit.I read that he refused preferental treatment in the hospital and waited his turn for an x-ray.


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