New Delhi, Sept 30 (IENews) Pope Francis asked for prayers to protect the Catholic Church from what he says are “attacks by the devil,” in his latest response to the clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal roiling his papacy.
The Vatican said Francis had asked for Catholics worldwide to unite and pray the Rosary each day during October “to protect the church from the devil, who is always looking to divide us from God and from one another,” Associated Press reported.
At the same time, Francis asked for prayers so that the church becomes ever more aware of its “guilt, errors and abuses committed in the present and the past. And that it is committed to combat it without fail to prevent evil from prevailing.”
Francis identified the devil as the “Great Accuser, who roams the earth looking for ways to accuse.”