In hopes of a more peaceful world, Pope Francis has always condemned violence against women. And as a firm believer of the female strength, he has always advocated for women’s rights ad their capacity to change the world for the better.
“If we want a better world, that is a house of peace and not a courtyard of war, may the dignity of every woman be at the heart of it,’’ Pope Francis said. “For when women can transmit their gifts, the world finds itself more united and more in peace. So, a conquest for women is a conquest for the whole of humanity.” (Read: Women’s Rights Around the World: How Far Have We Really Come?)
For the whole month of February, Pope Francis encourages us to pray for all women who are victims of violence. May they find the strength to break free from their silence and seek protection, healing, and justice.
Prayer for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
God of love, compassion, and healing, we pray to you in this month:
For women and girls who have experienced violent relationships,
that they can find safety and healing from their trauma, and rebuild their lives;
For children who have witnessed violence in their homes against
their mothers and sisters and other family members, that they will experience healing and hope;
For indigenous women and refugee women who have been impacted
by extreme violence, that deep and lasting change will ensure their safety;
For individuals and organizations working to prevent violence
against women and girls and help survivors of violence, that their courage and generosity will endure;
For men who speak out against forms of expression that demean
women or condone violence against them, that their voices will grow stronger;
For the men and boys who have behaved violently towards women
and girls that they will have a change of heart, repent in meaningful
ways, and seek whatever help they need to lead changed lives.
God of love, we commend these prayers to you and for your compassion to flood the hearts of all people.
We make this prayer through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the Holy Spirit.
(adapted from women.catholic.org.au)