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Prayer for the Month: Religious Freedom

Down the centuries, human beings have sought answers to the great mysteries of life. Has life any meaning and purpose? How can we reconcile the existence of a loving God with all the suffering in the world? What purpose, if any, does suffering serve? Is there an ultimate mystery, beyond human explanation, which embraces our entire existence, from which we take our origin and towards which we tend?

The great religions – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism – all seek to provide answers to these questions and, as the Second Vatican Council has said, the Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions. It has a high regard for the manner of life and conduct, the precepts and doctrines of other faiths, even though, of course, it believes that Christ is the way that ultimately leads us all to God (Jn.14:6). Christians share the Good News about Jesus because they cannot bottle it up, not because they don’t respect other’s beliefs. It is only right, therefore, that the Church asks us to pray that governments everywhere respect the right to religious freedom for all believers, and not just the believers of a particular nation or ethnic group.

Your Daily Prayer
O Jesus,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer you the prayers, works, joys and sufferings
of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart,
in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world.

I pray with Mary and the whole Church
For the Pope's intentions this month.

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