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Defend Us in Battle: Benedict XVI and Pope Francis Consecrate the Vatican to Michael the Archangel Comments

Friday morning Pope Francis was joined by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in the gardens for a ceremony during which the Holy Father blessed a statue of St Michael  at the same time consecrating the Vatican to the Archangel's protection. Following a brief ceremony, Pope Francis addressed those present noting how St. Michael defends the People of God from its enemy, the adversary, the devil. He said even if the devil attempts to disfigure ... Continue Reading

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  1. Trinbagonian
    1 year ago

    Oh that we all may have faith in God and His gifts which he bestows freely despite our unworthiness. Then we would all begin to understand the majesty of Him Who reigns with His community of saints and angels.
    May we all experience such a real lively faith in God who is always reaching to assist us in our sin (for He knows us best). Such a grace of faith.
    May we say to God we are indeed unworthy and so in hope, commune with Him using the help of the saints and angels who are in a real lively Heaven. Such a grace of hope.
    And may we accept the most glorious saint of them all our Holy Mother Mary whom Jesus called mother. Such a grace of love..
    YES, God loves us.

  2. kitty warson
    1 year ago

    Thank you Pope Francis and Benedict XVI-Pope Emeritus have sent a strong statement to us! I am fascinated (not surprised) that the media pretty much missed the significance! Oremus!

  3. KarlVDH
    1 year ago

    Lisa... asking the saints for their prayers and protection isn't "idolatry." In fact, it's quite thoroughly Biblical to do so. So is the use of statues and images in prayer. Both easily found as perfectly Biblical Christian practices.

  4. Vietnamese Catholic
    1 year ago

    I carry a deadly concealed weapon with over 50 rounds of ammunition against the devil. It's called the Holy Rosary.

  5. Fred
    1 year ago


    Perhaps Lisa you 'filter out' the six words in the St Michael prayer: "by the divine power of God"

    This is clearly a prayer of petition to another close to God.

    You should know the difference between prayers of petition and prayers of praise/worship.

  6. Fred
    1 year ago


    The Church as a whole, and St Michael the Archangel agree with you! Indeed the first and second commandment are in effect.

    The Church together with St Michael and (perhaps you too) Glorify God alone!

    Of course in Protestantism they turn the bible into an idol via 'sola scriptura'
    (Now this is not a fair statement is it? Well asking saints, angels and even you to pray for us is not idolatry either, is it.)

    Now you see the claim of idolatry can be erroneously reciprocated if you insist.

    But I assume positive intent and you should too.

    When you see the truth in this, when you are ready to admit it, instead of seeking criticisms, you can become Catholic too.

  7. Lisa
    1 year ago

    What happened to the first and second commandment of GOD?
    You shall not put any god before me. You shall not have idolatry.

  8. beth
    1 year ago

    The St. Michael prayer is said at my mass at the end! I do believe it should come back. It is needed.

  9. Stephen Volk
    1 year ago

    AMAZING! What is so unusually amazing is Our Blessed Mother also addresses the issue of Michael the Archangel for protection at !!!

  10. Luisito Sheng
    1 year ago

    found this link from the Vatican site which i think is the same one referred to by your great article on the Pope Francis with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI...

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