To adjust to the changing historical situation, the prayer of St. Francis has undergone renewal by his namesake on the Chair of St. Peter.
The updated version is attached to his message for World Communications Day. The message calls for a “journalism of peace” and an end to “fake news.”
We present the prayer here, unedited and without any hermeneutic (title supplied by Catholic News Service):
Pope Francis’ Prayer for Countering ‘Fake News’
Lord, make us intruments of your peace.
Help us to recognize the evil latent in a communication that does not build communion.
Help us to remove the venom from our judgements.
Help us to speak about others as our brothers and sisters.
You are faithful and trustworthy; may our words be seeds of goodness for the world:
Where there is shouting, let us practice listening;
Where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony;
Where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity;
Where there is exclusion, let us offer solidarity;
Where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety;
Where there is superficiality, let us raise real questions;
Where there is prejudice, let us awaken trust;
Where there is hostility, let us bring respect;
Where there is falsehood, let us bring truth.
World Communications Day will be held on May 13, 2018.
That is the anniversary of the day on which Our Lady appeared at Fatima with God’s plan for peace.
Ironically, in a skillful display of “fake news,” Her 101-year-old message has long been falsified by Popes and other Churchmen, producing ambiguity and confusion.
But be not afraid – where there is falsehood, surely Francis will bring truth.
Judas Conciliarists have perfected the evil of banality. Here again we see the truncated horizon, the impoverished this-worldliness, the wretched, sentimentalist humanitarianism prophesied by Benson in his Lord of the World. And just think: millions upon millions upon tens of millions upon hundreds of millions will continue to buy this diabolical con-artistry.
Pitiful. Just pitiful.
Our Lord commanded St. Francis to “rebuild My Church”. Satan’s command to “pope” Francis is “destroy the Church”.
There is nothing new under the sun.
The father of Lies has been inciting mortals of little Faith to eat the fruit or climb the tower of babel that will make them gods since the beginning.
These men, who pose as Ministers of Jesus Christ on earth, have believed themselves to be God for too long.
They have acted like the Masters of men instead of His faithful servants to the souls that Jesus told His Apostles to be.
They are angry you have not accepted their New Order of the Mass
Everything will be new until they bury the old.
Coincidentally, that is exactly what the Marxist communists did. Look at all their modern statues of Lenin and their ugly “modern” apartment buildings.
The populace in all soviet era countries are restoring the beauty of the old structures, statues and churches.
God will restore what is old and he will make all things new again.
I know that certain messages of Fatima have been distorted and deemphasized, but how have they been deliberately falsified? Other than that fake 3rd secret circus June 26th of 2001?
In other news, today is the anniversary of the day the Carmelites – and the universal Caholic Church – remembered the Patronage of St. Joseph under the Traditional calendar. It is called the Solemnity of St. Joseph. I pray for the Church, that it recover it’s senses. Maybe St. Francis can help us with that also.
On the face of it my2cents, that look like a simple statement when in fact it is so profound that it’s heartbreaking. Thank you.
“Falsified.” Well, no pope has released the Third Secret in full. No pope will address that part of the Secret regarding “the apostasy” in the Church at the highest levels. None wishes to consecrate Russia to our Lady’s Immaculate Heart. None wishes to foster devotion to the Immaculate Heart. None wishes to teach the Five First Saturday devotions. None wishes to teach reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart.
Least of all anti-Pope Francis.
Thanks for the history of the Old Mass for St Joseph, madame. It is in my liber usualis but without reference to the Carmelite origins. How beautiful!
Today providentially is the 400th Anniversary of the feast of Blessed Mary of the Incarnation (18th April 1618), who brought the Carmelite reform of St Teresa of Avila into France and was a mystic “of a high order.”
Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us!
Viva il Papa. Viva Pope Benedict. He may well be the pope of the Third Secret, and may be martyred yet so we need to pray for him.
Come Immaculate Heart!
Mary, the Church cannot recover Her senses since it is impossible for Her to lose them. She being the spotless Bride of Christ, it is impossible for Her to defect. Man must recover his senses and put Christ at the center of all he does. The clowns in Rome cannot be the Church since they profess a false faith.
You forgot one Cortez, NONE of them are Catholic.
Ratzinger a martyr??? Are you kidding? The man chickened out and abdicated. No one dies for the NO religion. There is no need for martyrdom in the V2 sect since there are no absolutes. It is a religion of ever shifting moral guidelines.
I see your point Tom although I was speaking future tense. I said he may yet be a martyr. Benedict is still the pope, however bad his errors, sins and peccadilloes.
Don’t mean to open up a sack of weasels here, but I do not believe in ‘no pope since Pius xii.’ T’aint Catholic. The problem with the Sedevacantist line is it denies the very indefectibility of the Church; Christ’s promise to St. Peter; and therefore Christ’s very words. Ultimately Sedevacantism boils down to a very Protestant tendency to divide, again quite counter to Our Lord’s Prayer for unity at the Last Supper–“that they all be one as you Father and I are one.”
It’s true the Bark of St Peter is in danger of capsizing; the Church is going in the wrong direction. But there is a resistance growing and a return to Tradition among the young and old. The restoration of all things in Christ is our aim.
Meanwhile, we have an anti-Pope. Coexisting with a valid Pope. I think of Bergoglio as a mad Ahab chasing the Moby Dick of the Spiritus Mundi. By all signs possessed of that Spirit.
In Corde Christi,
Yes, God’s servant first, it is heartbreaking. I meant to add:”…..and they both obeyed.” Thank you for your kind words.
” I said he may yet be a martyr.”
So let me get this straight. There is still time for Benedict, aka Ratzinger, to walk back on his pederast protecting past , his sodomite double talk for seminary acceptance
(i.e .banning only the “deeply rooted”) and his self imposed shelter from extradiction in the Vatican City state? Okay , miracles do happen but in this case it would be tantamount to parting the Red Sea.
” Shea is basing his action against the pope on an interpretation of a recently uncovered letter Ratzinger wrote to the world’s Newchurch bishops in 2001, setting out how they should deal with a variety of clerical crimes. The letter lays down a statute of limitations that prevents presbyters from referring such complaints to the civil authorities for ten years after the alleged victim reaches the age of 18. By that stage, the statute of limitations that applies in civil law in most U.S. states would have expired, and a plaintiff would be legally prohibited from filing a case.
Shea claims that the pope, who at the time was still Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger and right-hand man to JPII, obstructed justice and effectively ordered the cover-up of child sex abuse and the shielding of paedophile presbyters. The Texas-based lawyer declared:
I think everyone who is taking a case against the Catholic [sic] Church should cite Joseph Ratzinger in their proceedings. The way the Church handled these matters was nothing less than an international conspiracy and that needs to be tackled internationally. ”
Also, look at the evidence presented in the Kiesel case ,in defense of a bishop who begged Ratz three times in letters to defrock the serial pederast. Denied thrice in writing and signed by Ratzinger ,”for the good of the Church”.
Maybe he is already a martyr for the sake of the pederast priests he protected?
Ratzinger aka Pope Benedict ,the future martyr. He may well even be canonized.
“Where there is shouting, let us practice listening;”
Here is another contradiction. On On Palm Sunday, Bergoglio, after a meeting of young Catholics, said: “Dear young people, you have it in you to shout,” and, “It is up to you not to keep quiet. Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders, some corrupt, keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: ‘Will you cry out?’”
The young people in the crowd shouted, “Yes!”
What did they tell him? Do they want to know about how to obtain eternal salvation? Hardly.
They urged Bergoglio and the bishops who will gather at the Vatican in the fall to back their recommendations that church leaders must address the unequal roles of women in the church and how technology is used and abused. They warned that “excessive moralism” is driving faithful away and that out-of-touch church bureaucrats need to accompany their flock with humility and transparency.
“We, the young church, ask that our leaders speak in practical terms about subjects such as homosexuality and gender issues, about which young people are already freely discussing,” they said.
How many young people immersed in the culture of amorality are willing to hear homosexuality is a mental/emotional problem caused by psycho/sexual trauma or body dysmorphia ,usually in childhood ?
How many clerics, who are themselves or have friends who are
homosexuals ,are willing to tell the truth even to themselves?
The father of Lies reigns happily.
“Where there is confusion, let us bring clarity”. Bergoglio loves confusion–it is Satan’s greatest weapon. Vatican cohorts are constantly using damage control to make his statements sound Catholic. This hypocritical maniac uses The St. Francis Prayer for his own sick agenda. Thank you, Cornelia, for bringing this to our attention. Bergoglio is the “poster child” for Fake News. Has he ever said or done anything that wasn’t fake? I’d like to know. St. Francis of Assisi, please intercede for us and restore the Church you were commanded to rebuild.
sweep, I have heard that a great number of psychologists have stated that pedophilia cannot be cured. What are your thoughts about that? If it is true, what can be done about this apparent epidemic both in the church and in the secular world? It’s scary.
If you read “Hostage to the Devil” taken from actual Exorcism Cases by permission of the Local Ordinaries, you know at least one case involved a demon of homosexuality.
“This is, in part, what Fr. Fitzgerald said. The letter came into the public domain only four years ago:
These men, Your Excellency, are devils and the wrath of God is upon them and if I were a bishop I would tremble when I failed to report them to Rome for involuntary laicization [in his haste he spelled it “laycization”] … It is for this class of rattlesnake I have always wished the island retreat—but even an island is too good for these vipers of whom the Gentle Master said—it were better they had not been born—this is an indirect way of saying damned, is it not? When I see the Holy Father I am going to speak of this class to His Holiness.”
Sadly, we now live in a world where many youth are convinced that to identify as a member of the LGBTQ community explains to others why one does not have members of the opposite sex attracted to them or vice versa , shy introverted folk are choosing this excuse because as one boy told his mother, “Everyone loves you if you are gay.”Also, the cultural social climate is so pro LGBTQ in colleges and high schools today hat to not identify as part of the crowd is being considered abnormal.
God Have Mercy ! Ever Virgin Mother of God Pray for us !
Pray the Rosary daily for the defeat of Asmodeus and the like.
The indefectibility issue cuts both ways. If there hasnt been a Pope since 1958, one makes the argument that this vacancy is a sign of defection. Is it? What is the definition of defectibility. Yes, it appears to our natural senses that the Church has defected if there is no Pope, but has it really? Or do our weak senses decieve us. Now on the other hand if the true Church promulgated Vatican 2 and its evil heresies onto the faithful, is that not also a defection? Which defection is worse? The hidden visibility or the visible contradiction? Christ never promised us in what form or shape His Church would exist, only that it would and it would never defect from the faith. Well, that simply negates the possibility of the V2 NO sect and all its “popes” from being the Catholic Church. So I cannot explain you how the Church survives or exists without a Pope, but it should be obvious to all that the conciliar popes did not hold the Catholic faith and therefore could never have been the Popes of the Catholic Church.
The word “cured” implies that pedophilia (and many other “diseases,” “disorders,” or “syndromes”) is a medical issue rather than a moral issue. But the truth is that pedophiles aren’t sick; rather, they have catastrophically bad character.
The medicalizing propagandists would strip us of our freedom and make us slaves to the toxic modern anti-philosophy of determinism. They’ve largely succeeded. Nearly everyone today views bad character as a pathological issue rather than a moral issue. People love to hear good things about their bad habits. Swallowing the pathologization con relieves people of responsibility for the disastrous results flowing from the thousands upon thousands of bad decisions they’ve made. Just call these results a “disease” and—POOF!—their culpability disappears and they can feel good about themselves. Of course, that’s what modern life is all about: feeling good about ourselves no matter how degenerate we are.
Saint Francis did not write even the “correct” version of this prayer
ABS, as a Trad Catholic who entered an Eastern Catholic Rite a decade after Vatican Two ,why am I surprised you would be touting “Windows to Heaven”, a company most Eastern Catholics and Orthodox consider purveyors of gnostic iconography?
It’s true; St. Francis did not write this prayer. It was found written on a St Francis prayer card only this past century.
I learned that from a Franciscan website.
“It was found written on the observe of a holy card of St. Francis, which was found in a Normal Almanac. The prayer bore no name; but in the English speaking world, on account of this holy card, it came to be called the Peace Prayer of St. Francis. The first appearance of the Peace Prayer occurred in France in 1912 in a small spiritual magazine called La Clochette (The Little Bell). It was published in Paris by a Catholic association known as La Ligue de la Sainte-Messe (The Holy Mass League), founded in 1901 by a French priest, Father Esther Bouquerel (1855-1923). The prayer bore the title of ‘Belle prière à faire pendant la messe’ (A Beautiful Prayer to Say During the Mass), and was published anonymously. The author could possibly have been Father Bouquerel himself, but the identity of the author remains a mystery.
The prayer was sent in French to Pope Benedict XV in 1915 by the French Marquis Stanislas de La Rochethulon. This was soon followed by its 1916 appearance, in Italian, in L’Osservatore Romano [the Vatican’s daily newspaper]. Around 1920, the prayer was printed by a French Franciscan priest on the back of an image of St. Francis with the title ‘Prière pour la paix’ (Prayer for Peace) but without being attributed to the saint. Between the two world wars, the prayer circulated in Europe and was translated into English. Its has been attributed the first time to saint Francis in 1927 by a French Protestant Movement, Les Chevaliers du Prince de la Paix (The Knights of the Prince of Peace), founded by Étienne Bach (1892-1986).
The first translation in English that we know of appeared in 1936 in Living Courageously, a book by Kirby Page (1890-1957), a Disciple of Christ minister, pacifist, social evangelist, writer and editor of The World Tomorrow (New York City). Page clearly attributed the text to St. Francis of Assisi. During World War II and immediately after, this prayer for peace began circulating widely as the Prayer of St. Francis, specially through Francis cardinal Spellman’s books, and over the years has gained a worldwide popularity with people of all faiths.” ~franciscan.org
Thank you for this information, Prisca Ann. I understood that this prayer was attributed to St. Francis without authenticity that it was actually composed by St. Francis. It doesn’t really matter to Bergoglio. He needed something to distort. That’s what he does.
Alphonsus Jr. I agree. I was using the word “cured” loosely. Diseases, many times, are used as an excuse for immorality and sinfulness.
And Indeed Tom A,
There simply cannot be one iota of one iota of contradiction which exists in truth as Truth, period and end. Anyone who believes otherwise, in matters deFide, is simply in apostasy, and doesn’t even know that they are, while at once there simply is no excuse, as to suggest that there is, is indeed then a tacit denial of the infinite grace which flows from Christ’s glorious Redemption. Amen. The blocking of the reception of grace, is consequent to the embrace of iniquitous lives, and that according to the Blessed Apostle Paul in 2 Thes 2. Amen.
The second portion of your response simply speaks to faith, doesn’t it? Christ Jesus our Lord and our God commanded: Only those with the faith of a child will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Period and end. To trust in our fallen sensate perception as you suggest, in the utterly as implacably false belief, that since we do not have a visible Holy Roman Pontiff since 1958, this is a “sign of the Church having defected”, places an affront to Jesus the Christ in Matthew 16:18, period and end. While at the same time, believing that any “pope” since and including Roncalli is the Holy Roman Pontiff, places an affront to objective reality as Truth, as the Vatican Council defined, in July, 1870 during the 4th Session, that the Holy Roman Pontiff can NEVER lose his personal faith. Amen. Roncalli through Bergoglio all embrace Lumen Gentium 16 as the language of the Catholic Church, and as it tacitly denies the very Person of Jesus the Christ, and as it denies the Holy Trinity, it CANNOT be the Catholic Church. In caritas.
Regarding what Our Lord stated to Peter, the true Church teaches that “the gates of hell” are HERETICS. The Church also infallibly teaches that ALL heretics are outside of the Church. As ALL of the recent “Popes” were or are heretics (fact), it is simply absurd to believe they can command that to which they don’t even belong, and this already has been stated ad nauseaum by true Popes and Saints. .
The true Church CANNOT go “in the wrong direction”, per Her own infallible teaching (which is Christ speaking), and this is just one more example of many for anyone who is paying attention:
“To this Magisterium Christ the Lord imparted immunity from error… God Himself made the Church a sharer in the divine Magisterium and by His divine benefit unable to be mistaken.”
(Pope Pius XI, Divini Illius Magistri, #16 & 18, December 31, 1929)
The following is very enlightening regarding who possesses Supernatural Faith and who does not, objectively speaking. One who is obstinate in disbelief of just ONE article of Faith, and is not prepared prepared to follow the Church in all things (and at ALL costs), does NOT have Faith or has lost the Faith, without even knowing it. This is why trying to explain simple truths to someone can result in banging your head against the wall, rinse and repeat. A person who is NOT obstinate, and is prepared (by Grace) to follow the Church in ALL things once enlightened to Truth, is simply in error. I’d say this is quite frightening:
From the Summa of St Thomas Aquinas: Those Who Have Faith
I answer that, Neither living nor lifeless faith remains in a heretic who disbelieves one article of faith.
The reason of this is that the species of every habit depends on the formal aspect of the object, without which the species of the habit cannot remain. Now the formal object of faith is the First Truth, as manifested in Holy Writ and the teaching of the Church, which proceeds from the First Truth. Consequently whoever does not adhere, as to an infallible and Divine rule, to the teaching of the Church, which proceeds from the First Truth manifested in Holy Writ, has not the habit of faith, but holds that which is of faith otherwise than by faith. Even so, it is evident that a man whose mind holds a conclusion without knowing how it is proved, has not scientific knowledge, but merely an opinion about it. Now it is manifest that he who adheres to the teaching of the Church, as to an infallible rule, assents to whatever the Church teaches; otherwise, if, of the things taught by the Church, he holds what he chooses to hold, and rejects what he chooses to reject, he no longer adheres to the teaching of the Church as to an infallible rule, but to his own will. Hence it is evident that a heretic who obstinately disbelieves one article of faith, is not prepared to follow the teaching of the Church in all things; but if he is not obstinate, he is no longer in heresy but only in error. Therefore it is clear that such a heretic with regard to one article has no faith in the other articles, but only a kind of opinion in accordance with his own will.
Reply to Objection 1. A heretic does not hold the other articles of faith, about which he does not err, in the same way as one of the faithful does, namely by adhering simply to the Divine Truth, because in order to do so, a man needs the help of the habit of faith; but he holds the things that are of faith, by his own will and judgment.
Dearest A Simple Beggar,
And again, thank you from within the senses fidelis, for enlightening all with eyes which see and only as they are imparted with grace, for the true, the beautiful, and the good, as evidenced by the General and Angelic Doctor of our Holy Mother, the Church, as the Mystical Body and Bride of our Blessed Dominus Deus, Sabbaoth, and Savior, Jesus the Christ. It is so pristinely clear thus, that any man, by virtue of his willful assent into error, in any one as any singular Article of Faith, is then distanced from reality as Truth in the entire balance of all that the Holy Church teaches, as he remains obstinate in his erroneous belief. This can only be, as Almighty God gives us that which we freely will, once again, as per 2 Thes 2, as He sends them that which they freely will, “the operation of error to believe lying.” Amen. Alleluia. May Almighty God continue to bless you as richly. In caritas.
It occurred to me, In caritas, that this must certainly be why Our Lord stated in Luke ch. 18:  But yet the Son of man, when he cometh, SHALL HE FIND, think you, FAITH ON EARTH? (Caps for emphasis.)
It seems that most people who believe themselves to have Faith (Supernatural Faith), in all reality and Truth do not, as they choose to believe some Truths by reason alone and not by Supernatural Faith, and they reject other Truths that are not in accordance with their OWN WILL. This as you have mentioned, In caritas, is hardly childlike in character and nature.
Lastly, of note is that this very chapter CONCLUDES with the following, which I have mentioned before:
 Then Jesus took unto him the twelve, and said to them: Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things shall be accomplished which were written by the prophets concerning the Son of man.  For he shall be delivered to the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and scourged, and spit upon:  And after they have scourged him, they will put him to death; and the third day he shall rise again.  And THEY UNDERSTOOD NONE of these things, and THIS WORD WAS HID FROM THEM, and THEY UNDERSTOOD NOT the things that were said.  Now it came to pass, when he drew nigh to Jericho, that A CERTAIN BLIND MAN sat by the way side, begging.
 And when he heard the multitude passing by, he asked what this meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.  And HE CRIED OUT saying: JESUS, son of David, HAVE MERCY ON ME.  And they that went before, rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: BUT HE CRIED OUT MUCH MORE: Son of David, HAVE MERCY ON ME.  And Jesus standing, commanded him to be brought unto him. And when he was come near, he asked him,
 Saying: What wilt thou that I do to thee? But he said: LORD, THAT I MAY SEE. And Jesus said to him: RECEIVE THY SIGHT: ***THY FAITH*** HATH MADE THEE WHOLE.  And IMMEDIATELY HE SAW, ***AND FOLLOWED HIM***, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
We have been warned: “Without Me you can do nothing.” We must ask to receive, seek in order to find, and therefore we must beg God for the Truth and for the light of Faith – constantly – or we end up going in nauseating circles even here for example, in these utterly treacherous times; with each clinging obstinately to his or her own MERE OPINION on these crucial matters which ultimately impacts the very destiny of our immortal souls.
May God continue to bless you as well, and to grant all necessary graces to those who sincerely seek the Truth and the Will of Almighty God, in accordance with His Mind and not our own.