Feb 19, 2013 / 00:03 am
The Knights of Columbus have invited the faithful to participate in a Twitter initiative to pledge their prayers for Pope Benedict XVI and his successor during the upcoming period of transition.
“In these remaining days of his papacy, our thoughts and prayers are with Pope Benedict XVI, who has worked so hard in leading the Church, and has always been such a good friend to the Knights of Columbus,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson on Feb. 11.
“We wish him all the best in his retirement,” Anderson continued. “In addition, we pray for all those cardinals who will take part in the conclave, and for his successor, that God may inspire them as they carry out the mission with which they are entrusted.”
The Catholic fraternal order is encouraging users of the social media website Twitter to send their messages of “prayerful support” to Pope Benedict in the final days before he steps down from the papacy.
The Knights are encouraging people to tweet the phrase “I am praying for you” to the Pope’s Twitter account, @pontifex. They can use the hashtag #prayerforthechurch to mark their tweet.
Those who pledge to pray for the Pope may also submit their names to the website www.prayerforthechurch.com. These names will be brought to the installation Mass of the next Pope.
The website provides a prayer written in English, Spanish, French and Polish. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, the Knights of Columbus’ Supreme Chaplain, authored the special prayer soon after the Pope made his plans to resign public.
On Feb. 11, the Holy Father announced that he will be retiring at the end of the month due to declining strength and advancing age. The College of Cardinals will meet at the Vatican next month to elect a new pontiff.