Pope’s Pagan Prayer Intentions Beneath the Statue of the Holy Redeemer

A panoramic view of the statue of the Holy Redeemer at the top of Corcovado Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A panoramic view of the statue of the Holy Redeemer at the top of Corcovado Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Having always been a lover of sport, when I have time I snatch a few minutes (or more!) to watch the exciting sporting events unfolding at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The wonderful achievements of the athletes after their years of hard work and suffering in preparation for these games are simply amazing.

It is also interesting that this year, the Olympics, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, the whole event is being celebrated beneath the huge, 30 metre tall, open-armed statue of Christ the Redeemer, this very symbol of true peace for Mankind. So surely the Pope would make some reference to this in his video of the “prayer intentions” for the month of August – right?

Nope! Not one single mention of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Redeemer of Mankind, as the real herald of peace in this one and a half minute video about “sport”!

Yes, unbelievable but true: Pope Francis totally ignored this fact in his prayer intentions for the month of August! According to Francis, peace in the world is brought about through friendly sporting activities, and nothing about the Saving Sacrifice on Calvary of Our Redeemer, and of Whom the angels’ had announced as bringing, “Peace to all Men of good will”.

In fact, his call to “peace” had nothing Catholic, or even Christian, about it at all! His talk of “encounter”, “human dignity”, “fraternity” could have been pronounced by one of the French Revolutionaries, or simply by a pagan to other pagans, and it would have fitted the bill. It is truly shameful that this nondescript message to the Catholic faithful was delivered by none other than the Pope, Christ’s Vicar on Earth! His startling omission of the Holy Name is deeply disturbing.

In light of how in our day and age, with dire growing threats from Secular Atheism and crazed Militant Islamists, it is the height of insanity to ignore invoking the Most Holy Name of the true King of Peace!

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52 Responses to Pope’s Pagan Prayer Intentions Beneath the Statue of the Holy Redeemer

  1. ginnyfree says:

    Well, I hope you are feeling much more peaceful now that you’ve judged the Vicar of Christ on earth to be a pagan among pagans. I guess you won’t be joining us millions who do pray his monthly prayer intentions in our Rosaries and elsewhere faithfully since in your eyes they are paganized intentions. Perhaps you can join us when the next Pope gets elected – that is IF he measures up to your expectations.

    Did you know that the whole objective of re-establishing the Olympic games worldwide WAS an attempt to do exactly as he stated: foster fraternity among the athletes of rival countries so as to bring about peace between warring nations. If fact, if you’d bothered with Olympic history, you’d have found many, many moments in which this very objective was achieved, that is a few moments of peace between warring nations for the sake of sports. Yes, most Christians do know that this has worked in a positive way to foster peace through the decades and so do support it.

    As for the lack of mention of the things you feel the Pope should’ve mentioned in his monthly prayer intention, well, all I can say is perhaps you could go to his Facebook page and “unofficially” reprimand him in person rather than continuing to berate him from afar in places such as this. I’m just sayin’.

    God bless. Ginnyfree.


  2. Well, at least he did use the word “prayer” one time, so the video was spiritual to that extent. If a French Revolutionary could have made such a video, he would have had to leave that word out. Otherwise, the writer is correct. The words could have been uttered not only by a French Revolutionary, but also by a member of the Masons, a Communist, a member of the Atheist Alliance International or by a member of any similar organizaton.

    You wonder what it will take for enough cardinals to realize what this pope really is. I think of St. Robert Bellarmine’s words:

    “Now the fifth true opinion, is that a Pope who is a manifest heretic, ceases in himself to be Pope and head, just as he ceases in himself to be a Christian and member of the body of the Church: whereby, he can be judged and punished by the Church. This is the opinion of all the ancient Fathers, who teach that manifest heretics soon lose all jurisdiction…. The foundation of this opinion is that a manifest heretic, is in no way a member of the Church; that is, neither in spirit nor in body, or by internal union nor external….”

    (St. Robert Bellarmine, On the Roman Pontiff, Vol. 1, Book II, Chapter 30, trans. Ryan Grant [Mediatrix Press, 2015], pp. 304-310.)


  3. kathleen says:

    Do calm down, Ginny – you sound like a spitting, clawing wildcat! (Makes me laugh too, how you always end all your angry tirades with a “God bless“, something you clearly do not desire for your adversaries!)

    It is precisely because I do recognise Pope Francis as the Pope – and this despite the proven very dubious methods of his election to the papacy – that I find his modernist video containing no mention of Our Blessed Lord so objectionable. That you think it’s such a great video with its worldly message that could be adopted by any NGO or humanist group, speaks volumes.

    I am well aware of the history of the Olympics. In my opening paragraph I admit I am greatly enjoying the Games, and with our time zone difference here in Europe, I am staying up late to watch some of the exciting events, and then yawning all morning from my lack of sleep! It is a wonderful occasion and it is indeed very positive that nations can get together like this and compete in sporting activities in an open and friendly atmosphere. All well and good, but….THAT IS NOT THE ISSUE HERE.

    Perhaps you are unaware of what the “Pope’s Prayer Intentions” each month should consist of, are you? According to Catholic teaching the six objective intentions of the Holy Father, traditionally understood, are:

    The exaltation of the Church, the propagation of the Faith, the extirpation of heresy, the conversion of sinners, concord between Christian princes, and the further welfare of the Christian people.

    This August 2016 video contains not one of those six “intentions”! Not one word about Our Lord Jesus Christ or the Holy Catholic Church!

    We should most certainly pray for the Holy Father. Perhaps never before has a Pope been in such great need of prayers from the faithful with the line this one is taking. Praying for his intentions though is another matter; he makes this so very difficult.
    When I make my “Morning Offering” these days, the one that includes praying for “all the intentions of the Holy Father this month”, I now add on my own words to Our Lord: “as long as these intentions are also the intentions of your own Most Sacred Heart”.
    If I did not add that clause I could not pray for them sincerely.


  4. ginnyfree says:

    Dear Mr. Bennett,
    Your quotation from St. Robert’s is inaccurate and quite likely to be a falsification. It completely twists the Saint’s words in the EXACT OPPOSITE direction from his true position and opinion on the matter of heresy and the Holy Father and our obligations to him. I just listened to a very exhaustive talk about just this topic at a place called Reconquest and the author interviewed was none other than Mr. Grant himself. He was discussing the falsehoods of the sedevacantists, such as some who frequent this place, and in his talk, he stated that even if the Holy Father was a heretic, he would never cease to be the Holy Father as it is Christ Himself who gives him his seat and only Christ can take it from him. Yeppers. Pope Alexander VI may have been an evil person but he never ceased being the Pope and we all are still obligated to obey and submit to his rightful authority as it truly is Christ we obey in obeying him.


    The above site is where you can go to get it straight from the mouths of those who truly know all about St. Bellarmine. I’ve also listened to several talks there with a man who is one of the world’s most renowned scholars on Bellarmine and is working tirelessly to translate his works for us into English. I personally love St. Robert and look forward to obtaining all these great works as they come off the press.

    You might find this place interesting too: http://catholicism.org/author/bam He’s pretty much got all his oars in the water unlike some who try to speak for the Church in matters they shouldn’t and worse, work to cause dissension and unrest in the pews.

    God bless. Ginnyfree


  5. ginnyfree says:

    Hello Kathleen.

    Well, if you saw the more dumpling shape I’m in these days, you’d hardly see a spitting wildcat of a woman, with her claws out! LOL! I needed a laugh. Thanks.

    If find this sad:”When I make my “Morning Offering” these days, the one that includes praying for “all the intentions of the Holy Father this month”, I now add on my own words to Our Lord: “as long as these intentions are also the intentions of your own Most Sacred Heart”.
    If I did not add that clause I could not pray for them sincerely.”

    To me, this means in your heart of hearts you’ve distanced yourself from our Holy Father. That scares me. It says you no longer trust him and that you think he and God aren’t in Communion. I will pray that this dangerous state of division cease for you and you find your peace again. As far as I’m concerned, detachment from all things, including my own expectations of others is the safer path to holiness. God alone. I do all for God alone. That means much to me. It is worked out in the act of detachment. Even if the Pope were to strip naked and run thru the streets of Rome screaming “the Martians are coming, the Martians are coming!” I’d still love and obey him. No matter if his sins were as scarlet, I would still obey and love him. He is my Holy Father, given to me by Christ Himself as a gift. I don’t agree with all he does and says and he has caused me to take on issues with other Catholics that were sadly egregiously error-laden discussions because of some of the silly remarks he’s made on airplanes while being grilled by hungry press agents looking for the latest misstep to spill gallons of ink over. Many have called him names and use his personality type and off-hand comments as excuses to excuse themselves from remaining in Communion with him. If one distances himself from the Holy Father, one removes himself from Communion with the whole Church, everyone in it, Militant, Suffering, and Triumphant, as well as its Head. That is a very sad and lonely place to be. Once such a decision is made, there is only one remedy: Confession and amending the potential schismatic outcome. Its final destination is Hell. Breaking off Communion with the Vicar of Christ for ANY reason is a very deadly sin. Encouraging others to do likewise is schismatic. You may decide to return to the bosom of the Church at some future point, but then what do you do about all those other persons who may have followed the example you made of yourself and die outside of Communion with the Church because of something you wrote against the Holy Father? You cannot undo the damage. Doesn’t that frighten you a bit? Please answer. It means much to know that to me.

    Okie dokie. Nuff said. God bless. Ginnyfree.


  6. Sheesh says:

    Ginny, if you would still obey the HF if he stripped naked and ran around the streets shouting about Martians (who I seem to recall he said would need to be baptised) then you are clearly confused.

    Carry on.


  7. mmvc says:

    ‘Sheesh’ is the very word that sprung to mind when I read Ginny’s comment!
    Isn’t such a state of confusion a symptom of “papolatry”, Sheesh?


  8. JabbaPapa says:


    Pope’s prayer intentions, August 2016 :

    Cuore divino di Gesù, io ti offro per mezzo del Cuore Immacolato di Maria, madre della Chiesa, in unione al Sacrificio eucaristico, le preghiere e le azioni, le gioie e le sofferenze di questo giorno: in riparazione dei peccati, per la salvezza di tutti gli uomini, nella Grazia dello Spirito Santo, a gloria del divin Padre.

    To take an extract from the Prayer Intentions for August and then claim that it constitutes the whole is a distortion. This is the universal prayer intention for the month, not the entirety of the intentions.

    And this extract in the form of a video, in the original Italian also speaks of sport as a vehicle of conversion (though even the Italian transcript and the video subtitles get this wrong, using “trasformata“).


    According to Francis, peace in the world is brought about through friendly sporting activities, and nothing about the Saving Sacrifice on Calvary of Our Redeemer

    In fact, his call to “peace” had nothing Catholic, or even Christian, about it at all! His talk of “encounter”, “human dignity”, “fraternity” could have been pronounced by one of the French Revolutionaries, or simply by a pagan to other pagans

    Oh deary me !!!

    his modernist video

    It is not a “modernist” video.

    Perhaps you are unaware of what the “Pope’s Prayer Intentions” each month should consist of, are you?

    Perhaps you should have consulted a more complete version of those intentions.


  9. Sheesh says:

    Indeed mmvc.


  10. Brother Burrito says:

    When I watched the video, I saw our Holy Father addressing an audience of Catholics, non-Catholics, and non-Christians. He wasn’t deliberately addressing some chippy Trads with the intention of riling them!

    The words “prayer intention” are clearly in the subtitles, so this is not a pagan address.

    Every when and every where, human beings are to do all in their power to encourage human and humane solidarity amongst and between each other. eg: by finding common ground and building upon it, or by playing nicely together (sport). By building such universal fraternity, we will all become effortlessly closer to Christ, the Brother of everyone of us, and thus also to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

    I initially wanted to write “I suppose you can use any stick to beat a dog”, but an internal locution told me that would not be helpful 😉


  11. Brother Burrito says:

    Sheesh @19:13,

    If you cannot recognise hyperbole, even when you get two barrels-worth between the eyes, then maybe you are a bit confused too! 😉

    MMVC, I have been saying “Sheesh!” a lot too this evening, both at the post and at several of the comments too.


  12. mmvc says:

    In these videos the HF may be addressing people of all faiths and none, but he is still addressing them as the Successor of Peter, the ‘Sweet Christ on Earth’, the Head of the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Did Our Lord limit Himself to mere worldly language or messages when teaching people of different backgrounds and beliefs? Is it therefore so strange to hope that the Pope might include in his ‘prayer videos’ at least some small mention of the message and the peace of the Christ that he, as His Representative, was commissioned to take to the ends of the earth? The powerful symbolism of the vast statue of the Holy Redeemer on that hill in Rio embracing EVERYONE, people of all faiths and none, at this international sporting event and beyond was, as Kathleen pointed out, a golden opportunity to do just that.

    BB, I agree with your internal locution: not helpful, and – might I add? – a bit judgemental.


  13. kathleen says:

    Ginnyfree @ 17:03

    Have you really no idea how you come across here with this mean, sarcastic, yet absolutely nonsensical tirade? Clearly, you have not. Oh dear – poor Ginny!

    Smugly telling people they need to go to Confession, or that they are very wicked and on the road to Hell, is something you enjoy doing periodically on our blog, as we have all seen. Yesterday it was someone else’s turn; today it’s mine. What’s your purpose for doing this?…. Except, of course, that often people who live alone, having nothing else better to do, get their kicks from stirring things up and picking fights!

    BTW, would you have said the same nasty things to St. Paul when he confronted St. Peter (the Church’s first Pope, in case you’ve forgotten) on errors Peter was making? Or the great Sts. Anastasius, Catherine of Sienna, Joan of Arc, and a long list of defenders of the Faith who accused the reigning Popes of failing in their duties as Supreme Pontiff?
    It is perhaps one of the proofs that our Holy Catholic Church is the one True Church, as GKC once remarked, that it ihas survived intact for so many centuries after having suffered a few notoriously calamitous Papacies!

    My wise and lovely Team-mate, mmvc (Maryla) is quite right (Sheesh too): you are suffering from a bad attack of Papolatry. It is a condition worthy of condemnation, as is any kind of idolatry.


  14. kathleen says:

    Mmvc @ 23:04

    Well, well said!
    I was thinking exactly the same ideas as you have pointed out here. Strange how such a CATHOLIC way of thinking seems to have been overlooked by Jabba and BB.


    You are wrong. And no need to quote the Morning Offering in Italian at us. The video in the article was the “prayer intentions for August 2016” video given out on the Vatican website. If it was no more than an “extract” and there was more, then they should have said so. But nothing more was given.

    P.S. Perhaps BB would like to tell us who these “chippy Trads” are supposed to be?
    But quite honestly, I don’t mind being called such a cute name as “chippy”! I admit to being a “Trad” already. 😉


  15. johnhenrycn says:

    Haven’t seen one sec of these limp-icks. Want to watch Daley dive in his dipthongs? No.

    Talk about pagans. Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.


  16. ginnyfree says:

    Lovely! I’m being judged and condemned along with my Holy Father, Pope Francis for defending him against those who feel that they resemble St. Paul and are themselves the sole judges of what is and isn’t acceptable behavior for all. I think I’ll use a few words of St. Paul’s to end my part in this:
    1 Cor. 4:3-4 “3 It does not concern me in the least that I be judged by you or any human tribunal; I do not even pass judgment on myself; 4 I am not conscious of anything against me, but I do not thereby stand acquitted; the one who judges me is the Lord.” Thanks be to God. God bless. Ginnyfree.


  17. johnhenrycn says:

    Expletive Deleted @19:13 talks of Martians and thinks – if there are any – they don’t need baptism. Why on Earth or Mars do you think that, Expletive Deleted? If you think that, then it’s you who’s “clearly confused”, although to call sweet Ginny clearly confused is oxymoronic.


  18. Roger says:

    Matthew 16
    23 Who turning, said to Peter: Go behind me, Satan, thou art a scandal unto me: because thou savourest not the things that are of God, but the things that are of men.

    Mark 8
    33 Who turning about and seeing his disciples, threatened Peter, saying: Go behind me, Satan, because thou savorest not the things that are of God, but that are of men.

    Matthew 16
    26 For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?

    Luke 12
    [16] And he spoke a similitude to them, saying: The land of a certain rich man brought forth plenty of fruits.
    [17] And he thought within himself, saying: What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
    [18] And he said: This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and will build greater; and into them will I gather all things that are grown to me, and my goods.
    [19] And I will say to my soul: Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years take thy rest; eat, drink, make good cheer.
    [20] But God said to him: Thou fool, this night do they require thy soul of thee: and whose shall those things be which thou hast provided?
    [21] So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.
    [22] And he said to his disciples: Therefore I say to you, be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat; nor for your body, what you shall put on.
    [23] The life is more than the meat, and the body is more than the raiment.


  19. JabbaPapa says:

    You are wrong

    Well that’s me fixed then !!!


  20. kathleen says:

    @ Jabba

    Cheer up old friend – we all make mistakes* sometimes. 🙂

    * You mistook the daily prayer of the Morning Offering for the monthly papal Prayer Intentions.

    P.S. And an incantation towards Universalism (re the video) looks pretty Modernist to me!


  21. GC says:

    Actually, kathleen, that prayer is just about the same as the morning prayer we learnt at our mother’s knee, which we said kneeling beside the bed just after getting out of it. It was the offering of our whole day to the Sacred Heart.


  22. ginnyfree says:

    So, Roger, you’ve found a Biblical reason to reject the authority of the current Pope. Protestants use the same verses for almost the same reasons. Be your own Pope. I can tell you from observing others who make the same mistake, that it doesn’t really turn out very well. But if you think it is the right thing for you, then I can’t dissuade you. Let your conscience be your guide. God bless. Ginnyfree.


  23. JabbaPapa says:

    kathleen, the intention to pray for evangelisation (Per l’evangelizzazione
    Perché i cristiani vivano la sequela del Vangelo dando testimonianza di fede, di onestà e di amore per il prossimo..
    ) and the Pope’s prayer that sport can be a pathway to conversion (despite translation & transcription errors) are most certainly part of the August particular intentions.


  24. johnhenrycn says:

    Roger pines for the days of the Western Schism. He’s probably a fan of polyphony, which began to supplant Gregorian Chant during the Avignon antipope years and which later led inexorably to our modern day hymnals featuring such delights as The Lord of the Dance.


  25. kathleen says:


    First you quote the Morning Offering* in Italian (never mind), claiming WRONGLY that it forms part of the Pope’s Prayer Intentions for this month, and now instead you quote the short Evalgelisation prayer on the Vatican website that was never part of the “Prayer Intentions for August 2016” video either! It is the monthly video with its Prayer Intentions that is sent to all the Bishops of the world!

    Sorry, but there’s no way out of it. No wiggle room here claiming a bad translation into English, or that he doesn’t mean this, that or the other; the Spanish in which he speaks is accurately translated. The Pope has delivered a totally secular message that claims that sports (not Our Blessed Lord) is the bringer of peace to the world! Sport is what fosters “human dignity” according to Pope Francis…. nothing to do with Man’s “dignity” coming from our being made in the Image and Likeness of God. It is simply an appalling video to have come from Christ’s Vicar on Earth.

    I understand you may be happy with it, but a quick browse over the websites, I realise I am not alone, and that there are many other Catholics who have picked up on its banality and lack of any mention of Christ.


    Ah yes, GC, the lovely Morning Offering, learnt at our mother’s or father’s (in my case) knee, dedicating everything we do that day for the intentions of the Sacred Heart. I read somewhere that it is the most important prayer of the day. Makes sense. 🙂


  26. Roger says:

    The Holy Redeemer DRESSED with great MODESTY and an expression of Love and Divinity looks down on Rio.

    Matthew 23
    37 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered together thy children, as the hen doth gather her chickens under her wings, and thou wouldest not?


  27. JabbaPapa says:

    It is the monthly video with its Prayer Intentions that is sent to all the Bishops of the world

    good grief, kathleen, you’re starting to deny hard facts. No, that video isn’t for Bishops :

    “The Pope Video is a global initiative developed by the Pope World Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) to assist in the dissemination of monthly intentions of the Holy Father related to the challenges facing humanity.”

    the short Evalgelisation prayer on the Vatican website that was never part of the “Prayer Intentions for August 2016” video

    Whether it’s part of the video or not is irrelevant to the fact that it’s part of the August 2016 Papal Prayer Intentions.

    I understand you may be happy with it

    A surprising remark — I’m more unhappy with the somewhat exaggerated degree of Pope-bashing that some engage in. It is quite unwarranted to violently accuse him of “paganism” just because you’re dissatisfied with a video message.

    Pope Pius XII wrote of the News in Miranda Prorsus, 1957 :

    News of any event, even if nothing but the bare fact is related, has yet an aspect of its own which concerns morality in some way. “This aspect, affecting human morals, must never be neglected ; for news of any kind provokes a mental judgment and influences the will. The news-reader who worthily fulfils his task, should crush no one by his words, but try rather to understand and explain as best he can, the disasters reported and the crimes committed. To explain is not necessarily to excuse; but it is to suggest the beginning of a remedy, and consequently, to perform a task at once positive and constructive”.

    That is the entirety of his section on that subject, and do you see ? No mention of Jesus Christ ?

    Is that too an entirely worldly and pagan teaching ? Because he failed to suggest that the News should be entirely construed as a device for Christian evangelisation ?

    What of his appraisal of television shows :

    Further, it must be noted that, apart from the published news and the instructions delivered, these new arts can contribute considerably towards the true good of men by shows as well.

    The progammes have generally something which has reference not only to entertaining men and giving them news, but also to the training of their minds. With complete justice, then, Our predecessor of happy memory, Pius XI, called the film theatres the “schools of events”; for they can be called schools in this sense, that the dramatic plot is joined with scenes in which the vivid pictures which are portrayed by the moving light, are synchronised with sounds of voices and music in a most fascinating manner, with the result that they reach not only the intelligence and other faculties, but the whole man, and, in some way, link him to themselves, and seem to sweep him into a participation in the plot presented.

    Although the arts of the Motion Pictures, Radio and Television include, in some fashion, various types of spectacle already long in use, yet each expresses a new product, and thus a new kind of spectacle which is aimed not at a few chosen spectators, but at vast throngs of men, who differ among themselves in age, way of life and culture.

    “Pagan” as well, because he’s “suggesting” that these shows are sources of “good” in themselves, absent “according to this text” of any grounding in Christ, for which Pius XII heartily “approves”, in his “uncatholic” delight in “moving lights”, “sounds of voices and music”, and mere “spectacle” ?


    Another “pagan” ?

    Pope Benedict XVI: The Church Is Not Indifferent to Sport

    Vatican City, 8 June 2012 (VIS) – Benedict XVI has sent a message to Archbishop Jozef Michalik, president of the Polish Episcopal Conference, for the European Football Championships, which will be held over coming weeks in Poland and Ukraine.

    “This sporting event involves not only the organizers, the athletes and the fans but, in various ways, the whole of society,” the Pope writes. “The Church cannot remain indifferent to such an event, and in particular to the spiritual needs of the participants.”

    Benedict XVI quoted words of Blessed John Paul II, who said that “the potentialities of sport make it an important instrument for the overall development of the person, and a useful factor for the construction of a more human society.” This is because “the sense of brotherhood, magnanimity, honesty and respect for the body – virtues which are undoubtedly indispensable for every good athlete – contribute to building a civil society where competition replaces antagonism, where agreement replaces conflict and loyal confrontation replaces rancorous opposition.”

    Pope Benedict goes on: “Team sports such as football are an important way to educate people to respect one another including their adversaries, to show a spirit of personal sacrifice for the good of the entire group, and to respect the gifts of each member of the team; in a word, to overcome the logic of individualism and selfishness which often characterize human dealings, and so leave space for the logic of fraternity and love, the only thing capable of authentically promoting the common good, at all levels.”

    The Pope concludes his message by encouraging participants in the championships “to work to ensure that this event is experienced as an expression of the most noble human virtues and actions, in a spirit of joy and peace.”


  28. mmvc says:

    For a fuller picture of the beautiful and inspiring message from Pope Pius XII in Miranda Porsus, 1957:

    ‘Those very remarkable technical inventions which are the boast of the men of our generation, though they spring from human intelligence and industry, are nevertheless the gifts of God, Our Creator, from Whom all good gifts proceed: “for He has not only brought forth creatures, but sustains and fosters them once created”.

    Of these inventions, some increase and multiply the strength and power of men; others improve their conditions of life; while others – and these particularly concern the mind – reach the mass of the people themselves, either directly or through the pictures and sounds they produce, and convey to them in a form easy to understand, the news, thoughts and usages of every nation, and by these means provide, as it were, food for the mind especially during the hours of rest and recreation.

    With regard to this last type of invention, in our own age the greatest impetus has been received by the arts connected with Motion Pictures, Radio and Television.

    From the time when these arts first came into use, the Church welcomed them, not only with great joy, but also with a motherly care and watchfulness, having in mind to protect Her children from every danger, as they set out on this new path of progress.

    This watchful care springs from the mission She has received from the Divine Saviour Himself ; for, as is clear to all, these new forms of art exercise very great influence on the manner of thinking and acting of individuals and of every group of men.

    There is, in addition, another reason why the Church considers a matter of this kind to be particularly Her concern: Hers is the duty, and for a much stronger reason than all others can claim, of announcing a message to every man: this is the message of eternal salvation; a message unrivalled in its richness and power, a message, in fine, which all men of every race and every age must accept and embrace, according to the saying of the Apostle of the Gentiles: “To me, the least of all the saints, is given this grace, to preach among the gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to enlighten all men that they may see what is the mystery which hath been hidden from eternity in God, who created all things”.’

    And I love this message from Pope Benedict XVI to Olympic athletes in 2012:

    “The Church regards sport as a part of man’s entire being, and recognizes that sporting activity is linked to education, the formation of the person, relationships between people and spirituality”, said the Holy Father. “The athlete who lives his experience fully pays attention to God’s plan for his life, learns to listen to His voice throughout the long periods of training, to recognize Him in the face of his companions and even that of his adversaries.…I think of you, dear athletes, as both champions and witnesses, with a mission to accomplish: with the admiration you inspire, become valid models to imitate,…masters of an honest and transparent sporting practice”.

    The Pope reiterated to the athletes that the pressure to obtain impressive results should not induce them “to take short cuts, as in the case of ‘doping’. The team spirit that should encourage avoidance of these blind alleys should also give support to those who are aware of having made this mistake so that they might be heard and assisted.

    In relation to the Year of Faith, the Holy Father emphasized that sport could also play a role in educating in “spiritual ‘professionalism’, or rather, living each day seeking the triumph of good over evil, truth over lies and love over hate, above all in ourselves. Considering the commitment to new evangelization, the world of sport may also be considered as a modern “Courtyard of the Gentiles”, that is, a valuable forum open to all, believers and non-believers, where it is possible to experience the joy and difficulties of encountering people of diverse cultures, languages and religious orientations”.

    Finally, the Pope recalled Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, “a young man who embodied both passion for sport – especially mountaineering – and passion for God”, and invited the athletes to read his biography. “Blessed Pier Giorgio shows us that being Christians means loving life, loving nature, and above all, loving one’s neighbor, and especially those in difficulty. I hope that each one of you will experience the greatest joy of all: that of improving and loving more day by day”.

    As for so-called ‘Pope bashing’, could it be that those who lament some of his actions or inactions, such as his lack of mention of Our Lord in this new type of monthly video address, WHILST NEVER CEASING TO PRAY AND SACRIFICE FOR HIM*, in reality have great love and respect for HIS OFFICE AND HIS PERSON? Perhaps an even greater love and respect than those who – to cite a recent example – seek to defend him against perceived ‘violent accusations’ by going as far as to conjure up bizarre and demeaning images (hyperbolic or not) of the HF running around naked shouting about Martians…

    *Apologies for the caps. I’m not shouting, just haven’t worked out how to use italics in comments. ;o)


  29. JabbaPapa says:

    Italics — use the following code (without the spaces)




  30. mmvc says:

    Thanks Jabba! :o)


  31. JabbaPapa says:

    As for so-called ‘Pope bashing’, could it be that those who lament some of his actions or inactions, such as his lack of mention of Our Lord in this new type of monthly video address

    Well someone seems to agree with you anyway, as the intentions prepared for 2017 appear to be a lot more clearly Christ-centric :


    Perhaps the problems that some perceive come from here :

    What is the process in the preparation of the prepared prayer intentions? The faithful from around the world suggest papal prayer intentions to the international office of the Apostleship of Prayer in Rome. Through prayerful discernment the Apostleship selects a large number of them and submits them to the Vatican for further selection, with the Pope making the final selection. The Vatican then entrusts to the Apostleship of Prayer the official set of monthly prayer intentions, which the Apostleship then translates into the major world languages and publishes in print and digital formats.

    Nevertheless, this is the Mission of this particular apostolate that creates these videos :

    “Each year the Holy Father gives to the Apostleship of Prayer a list of 24 prayer intentions he asks us to pray for, 2 each month. One intention is general, often related to a serious worldwide problem, like AIDS or slave trafficking in women and children. The other intention is missionary, having to do with the spread of the Gospel in a particular part of the world like Northern Africa or China.”

    So clearly the intention anyway of this month’s video, for example, is to pray as part of a daily regimen during this month that sport may be a means of conversion of some to Christianity.

    So, far from being “separate” from this intention as kathleen has alleged, such prayers as — http://apostleshipofprayer.org/daily-offering-prayers/ :

    Daily Offering of the Apostleship of Prayer

    God, our Father, I offer you my day. I offer you my prayers, thoughts, words, actions, joys, and sufferings in union with the Heart of Jesus, who continues to offer Himself in the Eucharist for the salvation of the world. May the Holy Spirit, who guided Jesus, be my guide and my strength today so that I may witness to your love. With Mary, the mother of our Lord and the Church, I pray for all Apostles of Prayer and for the prayer intentions proposed by the Holy Father this month. Amen.

    Traditional Daily Offering of the Apostleship of Prayer

    O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all Apostles of Prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.

    A Daily Offering Prayer

    Eternal Father, I offer You everything I do this day: my work, my prayers, my apostolic efforts; my time with family and friends; my hours of relaxation; my difficulties, problems, distress, which I shall try to bear with patience.

    Join these, my gifts, to the unique offering which Jesus Christ, Your Son, renews today in the Eucharist.

    Grant, I pray, that, vivified by the Holy Spirit and united to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, my life this day may be of service to you and your children and help consecrate the world to you. Amen.

    … in fact constitute the very heart of what these monthly prayer intentions for the non-Christians and the extra-ecclesial world are founded upon.


    How can I pray more effectively?
    You pray most effectively when you pray from your heart and speak directly to the Heart of God. Have faith in the love of God and give yourself to Him in the present moment. Pray that God’s will be done, because you know that God’s will is eternal life for all people and every good gift along the way. The greatest form of prayer on Earth is the Mass, the Eucharistic offering to the Father of the Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ, on behalf of the Church and the world. During Mass-or apart from Mass-you can offer your whole self in union with the offering of Jesus Christ. This makes a prayer out of everything you do all day long. You also add power to your prayer by praying in unity with others. That’s why the Apostleship of Prayer asks each member to pray for the intentions of all other members. You also increase your power in prayer by remaining in a state of grace, striving against sin, receiving forgiveness for sins, and seeking holiness. If we abide in the grace of Christ, we bear much fruit. The Apostleship of Prayer seeks to promote this simple and profound way of life throughout the world. We believe that God hears us and answers our prayers.

    This is the form, manner, and nature of what these prayer intentions are created for, not the “paganism” that has been alleged here.


  32. JabbaPapa says:

    And apart from Sport and Evangelisation, here is the third monthly prayer intention for August 2016 provided through this organisation :

    Our Mother, protect the Latin American family! Guard under your protective mantle the children of this beloved land. Pour out upon our brothers and sisters throughout Latin America a true missionary ardor, to spread faith and hope. Make the resounding plea that you uttered in Fatima for the conversion of sinners become a reality that transforms the life of our society. And as you intercede for the people of the Continent of Hope, bless its lands and its homes. Amen.

    –from Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer before the Aparecida meeting


  33. JabbaPapa says:

    BTW, this is an organisation that was founded in France, 1844, by the Company of Jesus, and it has been working in direct collaboration with the Holy See and the Roman Pontiff for very many decades.

    What kathleen has perceived as “paganism” is more likely a certain particular manner of Jesuit spirituality, centred on God in his immanence rather than transcendence.


  34. mmvc says:

    What a beautiful prayer! Thank you so much for sharing it with us, Jabba.
    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if heartfelt and holy petitions such as this one could reach and touch many souls throughout the world via a video message from the Holy Father?


  35. kathleen says:

    mmvc @ 08:20

    Thank you, dear Maryla, for posting the full text of Pope Pius XII’s “Miranda Porsus” – “beautiful and inspiring” indeed.
    Jabba took only an extract from it in a failed attempt to make his point.
    Pope Benedict XVI’s message to the Olympic athletes in 2012 was equally inspiring. So glad he recalled the fine young hero, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, a true role model for athletes.

    In fact, can anyone imagine either the saintly Pius XII, or Benedict XVI, giving out the monthly ‘Prayer Intentions’ when they were Supreme Pontiff and omitting any mention of Our Blessed Lord or His Bride, the Church? Of course we cannot!

    Very well, Jabba, the “Pope video” may not have been sent to the Bishops, but it has been posted up on Bishops’ websites. If the monthly “Prayer Intentions” video is meant to be part of the Pope’s global “Apostleship of Prayer” initiative, there is all the more reason it should have been a Catholic Christian message rather than a vague call to fraternity, void of any Christian content.

    It is quite unwarranted to violently accuse him of “paganism”…

    Untrue. I said his video, that is supposed to be a call to the faithful to be included in their monthly prayer intentions was pagan in its wording and presentation – which it was – but I said nothing about the person of the Pope. If you really want to see “Pope-bashing” in full flow, go over to Mundabor’s website.


  36. JabbaPapa says:

    Jabba took only an extract from it in a failed attempt to make his point

    I made exactly the point I wanted, which is that only citing an extract from this Apostolate of Daily Prayer intentions is a distortion and that similar distortions are possible with the communications of other Popes.


  37. mmvc says:

    No Jabba. You can’t in all honesty suggest that taking out an excerpt from a wholly Catholic address by a previous pontiff is akin to what is being discussed here about the monthly Pope Videos.
    If these videos were meant to be viewed merely as part of a fuller ‘Apostolate of Daily Prayer intentions’ outreach, then surely some effort would have been made to link the parts together. In any case, how many people are likely to hunt around for complementary elements of this initiative in written format rather than simply view these easily accessible and innovative videos?


  38. kathleen says:


    “similar distortions” are indeed possible when passages are extracted from the whole, leaving out the full message, as you did when quoting from Pope Pius XII’s Miranda Prorsus at 07:04.

    “What kathleen has perceived as “paganism” is more likely a certain particular manner of Jesuit spirituality, centred on God in his immanence rather than transcendence.”

    Whatever it is that I (and thousands of other orthodox Catholics) have “perceived” here with Pope Francis’ lack of Christ-centred spirituality, it is a fact that barring some notable exceptions of some extraordinary holy Jesuits, this once great order has been swamped by the errors of Modernism. In consequence the numbers of those who have left the order, and Jesuit vocations, have been falling fast since Vatican II. A reading of Malachi Martin’s excellent book, “The Jesuits: The Society of Jesus and the Betrayal of the Roman Catholic Church”, gives a minute and fascinating look into the reasons for its decline. **

    Jabba, thank you for the links to the Apostleship of Prayer for 2017. Looks like we can raise our hopes that things in this line will be improving soon, Deo gratias.


    ** [Edit] Jabba @ 09:13

    “So clearly the intention anyway of this month’s video, for example, is to pray as part of a daily regimen during this month that sport may be a means of conversion of some to Christianity.

    No, this “intention” is far from “clear” !

    I overlooked this from you earlier, but it truly clinches everything Maryla and I have been saying all along here. A call “that sport may be a means of conversion of some to Christianity” is precisely what the video avoids saying. It is neither mentioned nor alluded to at all.

    Granted, it may have been inferred by the other prayers printed on the web page of the Apostleship of Prayer (that the Pope himself does not write), but as Maryla has already noted, the majority of Catholics are unlikely to have searched and found them. Sad.


  39. ginnyfree says:

    Bravo Jabba! Well done once again. You always seem to set things a bit straighter around here. God bless. Ginnyfree.


  40. JabbaPapa says:

    No Jabba. You can’t in all honesty suggest that taking out an excerpt from a wholly Catholic address by a previous pontiff is akin to what is being discussed here about the monthly Pope Videos.

    I do realise that when I use deliberate sarcasm it isn’t always understood.

    how many people are likely to hunt around for complementary elements of this initiative in written format rather than simply view these easily accessible and innovative videos?

    One would hope that people reporting news might do so, rather than offering up gut reactions of whatever nature.


  41. JabbaPapa says:

    oops missed the break

    A call “that sport may be a means of conversion of some to Christianity” is precisely what the video avoids saying. It is neither mentioned nor alluded to at all.

    In fact the Pope in the original Spanish clearly uses the word “convert” at 0:51, and describes it as a “prayer” at 1:05 — and it is the underlying purpose of this Apostolate to pray for exactly for the conversion of the world via these intentions.

    It is also quite beyond me how a prayer to God for Peace in the World could be construed as “pagan”. That people might dislike this Pope is understandable ; that all manner of exaggerations be made about him is not.


  42. Roger says:

    “..It is also quite beyond me how a prayer to God for Peace in the World could be construed as “pagan”. That people might dislike this Pope is understandable ; that all manner of exaggerations be made about him is not ..”

    Doubtless you will point Him in the direction of Fatima! Where He will find the Heaven’s answer for PEACE!


  43. ginnyfree says:

    I’ve only one thing to add: why is it that some who consider themselves FAITHFUL Catholics find no reason not to say horrible things AGAINST our Holy Father, Pope Francis? Why are they so comfortable calling him a pagan and his prayers paganized. I mean how can a person consider themselves faithful to Jesus Christ, yet call His Vicar on earth, the visible head of our Church names? Blasphemy comes in many forms and to treat his holy office as if it is to be judged and condemned as well as those who defend him and it might just be one form of this hideous sin. It is possible to blaspheme when speaking about the Holy Father. Yet, some who think they are doing the Church a favor by doing so remain blind to this serious sin. In their eyes, they themselves can do no wrong and any who disagree with their assessments in the form of blasphemous statements are guilty of any and all epithets they toss, such as “papolatry” at those they disagree with. Yeah. I mean how mature is that? I’m supposedly guilty of Pope-worship and that charge by those who think themselves more Catholic than the Pope………………um………..being a convert, I always wondered what that meant, being more Catholic than the Pope. Now I know. Sheesh. Ya learn somthin’ new every day if ya keep yours eyes and ears open. God bless. Ginnyfree.


  44. mmvc says:

    Ginny, NO ONE CALLED THE POPE A PAGAN OR NAMES. NOR IS ANYONE ‘BLASPHEMING’ AGAINST HIM. And yes, I am shouting now! Prayers without the mention of God, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Lady or anything pertaining to our glorious Faith could be uttered by pagans. That is what Kathleen meant re this Pope Video. Deal with it.
    Even you admit that you ‘don’t agree with all he says and does’. Why then accuse others who feel the same of being ‘more Catholic than the Pope’?

    It’s great that you love the pope as every Catholic is called to do (best of all through prayer and sacrifice for him). But please, please don’t try to illustrate your devotion to the Holy Father here again with imagery that is so weird and obscene that I’m now desperately trying to un-think it!


  45. Roger says:

    Because Ginny
    Our Lord asks of Peter lovest Thou ME more than the rest!
    Do you understand Peter HAS TO PUT CHRIST FIRST. Christ The Redeemer is the King Of Peace. (statue at Rio)
    Saying God means what? Answer depends upon your Religion doesn’t it?
    The New Testament revealed the Trinity and Our Redeemer the Prince of Peace.
    Christ and only Christ opens Heaven so in Charity and love of neighbour then Peter must teach Christ.
    In Our Age with the most dreadful weapons known to Man and a century where in one or more parts of the world there has been War. World Wars. Atheism.
    Heaven promised Us Peace and Gave His Church the means to bring this about (Fatima). I remind that one year after that revelation in 2000 (read between the lines) there was 9/11 and the interventions and the most dreadful Wars in the Middle East.
    Wars are punishment for Sin.
    Perhaps now with Charity and Love for Our Poor suffering Lord you can perhaps begin to feel His Sorrows at being ignored by Peter.
    Time Ginny to think of the Passion of Christ and sadly realise that He came unto His Own and They rejected Him.


  46. kathleen says:

    @ Jabba

    Oh come on, this is now getting ridiculous. You have resorted to climbing the walls to defend a PC bit of banality.

    No need for your “offering up gut reactions” accusation at me, when it is staring one in the face that the Pope’s “Prayer Intentions for August 2016” video contains NOTHING, zero, about using sport as a vehicle of conversion to Christianity. Not once does he utter the word “Christianity”. The word “convert” on its own, with no mention of Christ or Christianity, is useless. Convert to what? Could be to anything. And the word “prayer” too, without mentioning to Whom we should be praying, the same – (e.g., Satanical groups pray to the Devil!) When we make a “prayer intention” we direct it towards Our Blessed Lord, Holy Mary, or one of our Heavenly friends already beholding the Beatific Vision. FULL STOP.

    Maryla (mmvc) @ 19:53 yesterday, in her brilliant response to Ginnyfree – who had popped in here again, hatchet raised as usual, to do another of her crazy war dances – really puts it in a nutshell.

    It is the reason why there are so many Catholics who are upset about the video…. (and I don’t think the videos from previous months are much better either). In this case Pope Francis sees sport as a vehiclle towards “peace” – a vague utopia with no real meaning, without a Christian foundation. He dreams of “sports as the practice of human dignity”!!
    Yes, sport can be helpful in bringing people together in friendly competition, as they knew even in Ancient Greece, but it can also foster rivalry, violence, hatred, etc.

    A true Catholic will know where real “human dignity”comes from. And lasting “peace”.


  47. ginnyfree says:

    Hello Kathleen, let’s be real. If a Pope is looking at you from a video and he is speaking the word “conversion,” even a kindergarten student knows he is speaking of conversion to Christianity. Yeah, even the Martians would know that. It would really be a stretch for anyone to see in his words, a conversion to anything OTHER than Christianity. Are we to believe that you think he is trying to convert the world to Islam or Zen Buddhism or perhaps some New Age religion as yet unthought of by some here? Come now, try a different tactic. He really does mean conversion to Christianity, even if he fails to say so specifically. You really are going too deep. God bless. Ginnyfree.


  48. JabbaPapa says:

    If a Pope is looking at you from a video and he is speaking the word “conversion,” even a kindergarten student knows he is speaking of conversion to Christianity

    Similarly, when a Pope asks that people engage in “prayer”, he does not mean it to be directed to “Vishnu”.

    kathleen : Oh come on, this is now getting ridiculous. You have resorted to climbing the walls to defend a PC bit of banality.

    No I jolly well have NOT — I’ve pointed that the the story is based on some falsehoods and misrepresentations, that I assumed were merely accidental — however, given the vehemence with which you defend them, even after I have posted multiple corrections and supplemental information about the nature of this Prayer Apostolate for the conversion of the world to Christianity, you keep on trying to deny that a video produced by this organisation has been created for those purpose.

    Howsoever this has been done well or poorly in this particular month of August is irrelevant to the fact that you are claiming a “pagan” character “without Christ” of a video created for reasons directly incompatible with the content of these attacks, and for explicit use within a particular regimen of Prayer that is centred upon a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the Conversion of the World.

    These are directly implicit in the nature of this entire video series, and yet you continue to respond to me in here as if these things were completely non-existent or totally irrelevant.

    BTW — banality is not, in itself, unchristian ; indeed, mediocritas, or the “golden mean”, or simple, peaceful humility are elements of life that Christians thrive upon (though I’ve never been at all good at them myself, sadly).

    It is simple and normal to assume that Papal Prayer intentions are directed towards the Lord so that those who partake in them belong in community of prayer together in Love for Christ.

    It is Pope-bashing, no matter your denials, to engage in a materialist critique of a formalist nature, ironically of exactly the sort of nature that Umberto Eco ha


  49. JabbaPapa says:

    … ironically of exactly the sort of nature that Umberto Eco has taught, and go on to conclude that the matter is “pagan”, “unchristian”, “uncatholic”, and peremptorily dismiss as “wrong” any who suggest that you might be in some degree of error.

    That is a manner of absolutism that is extremely dangerous, kathleen, for it can lead to factionalism, even sectarianism or schism.

    Remember — “a heretic” is someone who has been condemned for “obstinate denial or obstinate doubt after the reception of baptism of some truth which is to be believed by divine and Catholic faith.” — again, whilst I am completely understanding of those who dislike a Pope lacking particular qualities that are to be found in such as Pius X, Pius XII, John Paul I, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI ; we are **still** bound by duty as Catholics to “religious submission of mind and will” to the Church and the Roman Pontiff, and as for disagreements, “Such a disagreement could not be justified if it were based solely upon the fact that the validity of the given teaching is not evident or upon the opinion that the opposite position would be the more probable” Donum veritatis 28.

    It is to break Church Law, kathleen, to make such claims as you have posted here concerning a request to engage in prayer by the Holy Roman Pontiff — which has nothing to do with papolatry or papefiguery, but it has to do with the requirement of prudence among the Faithful.


  50. kathleen says:

    Yes, let’s “get real” – it’s about time.

    The pathetic video in question:

    The Pope looks at the camera, from behind where he knows millions of Catholics are listening, eager to hear his words, and tells them that it is sport thst fosters “human dignity”, which in turn makes it his “dream” that it should be the “vehicle” that brings peace to the world. That, says the Pope, is to be our “prayer” too.

    Jabba and Ginnyfree think it is fantastic – bully for them – they can go and join all the other liberals and Papolatrers who would agree with them.
    But for the millions of Catholics who love their Glorious Faith with an undying passion, and believe the role of the Supreme Pontiff is to defend it at each and every opportunity, believe that it is our creation in the Image and Likeness of God that gives Man his human dignity, and Our Lord Jesus Chist and His Blessed Mother, Queen of Peace, Who are the only ways, or channels, to a lasting peace in the world.

    I’m backing out of this farcical argument, tired of being bullied and insulted by Catholics I once mistakenly thought were friends and allies in the “good fight for Truth”. Carry on tapping out your bossy recriminations, but I won’t be coming back to respond to you; I have better things to do. Like sweet Maryla, I have a large family to attend to – an influx of their teenage friends today – a much more fruitful and Christian way to live one’s life.

    God love you


  51. JabbaPapa says:

    Jabba and Ginnyfree think it is fantastic


    all the other liberals and Papolatrers


    bullied and insulted by Catholics I once mistakenly thought were friends and allies

    This is exactly the sort of thing I mean in referring to “extremely dangerous … for it can lead to factionalism, even sectarianism or schism”.

    I cannot speak for ginny, but you’ve not lost me as a friend anyway. Not on my part.

    I’m not sure why you characterise my interventions as “bullying and insults”, though it certainly saddens me — http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-stresses-need-for-fraternal-correction-in-christian-life/ (certainly there are words to ponder in there for myself)

    To defend the Pope in the exercise of his ministry, even though one might personally dislike his personal manner at it, is not “papolatry” or “liberalism”.


  52. kathleen says:

    “you’ve not lost me as a friend anyway. Not on my part.

    Thank you, Jabba. Likewise. 😉


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