This April, Pope Francis invites us to pray for fundamental rights. Since time immemorial, many have been victimized by human rights violations, abuses by authorities, and dictatorships. But as time went by, more and more people began to dedicate their lives to protecting victims and preventing future violations from occurring.
“The common home of all men and women must continue to rise on the foundations of a right understanding of universal fraternity and respect for the sacredness of every human life, of every man and every woman, the poor, the elderly, children, the infirm, the unborn, the unemployed, the abandoned, (and even) those considered disposable because they are only considered as part of a statistic,” the Pope firmly said in an address to the United Nations.
This month, may we give honor to the Lord’s penance and how He sacrificed His life to save us. Through prayers, let us reflect on our actions and follow the footsteps of the Lord in protecting our neighbors. (Read: 3 Prayers of Protection to Beloved Catholic Saints)
Prayer for Human Rights
Praise to You, faithful God of life and freedom. Giving thanks, we celebrate Your deep desire for equality and dignity amid diversity.
Guide us to hear, as one, the cries of the unheard; and together with peoples of every place and nation, give us the strength and courage to protect individuals and uphold the common good.
Lamenting violence, indifference, and greed, we pray for and advocate with those whose rights are ignored, violated, and denied. We also pray for the displaced, abused, trafficked. May non-governmental organizations and all committed in peace to human rights find empowerment and guidance within the fullness of Your vast creation.
With trust and hope, we pray in the name of Jesus who stood with those oppressed, bringing Good News in his time, for all ages. Amen.
Prayer adapted from the Canadian Religious Conference.