Faithful can send intentions for Papal Mass at Brazilian shrine

The Catholic faithful from around the world are invited to send their prayer intentions to the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida for the Mass that Pope Francis will celebrate there during his visit to Brazil in July.

The press office of the Shrine of Aparecida announced that it will collect all of the intentions that it receives in a special book that will be given to the Holy Father.

The deadline for receiving prayer intentions for the Mass is July 14.

Pope Francis will be visiting Brazil for World Youth Day 2013, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro July 23-28. He will celebrate Mass in Aparecida on July 24 at 10:30 a.m. local time.

Auxiliary Bishop of Aparecida Darci Jose Nicoli said, "It is a great blessing to have the Vicar of Christ on earth among us, and it is an even greater grace to pray together for the intercession of the Mother of God, Our Lady of Aparecida."

"Let us join with the Pope in his intentions. Let us pray with him and for him," the bishop said.

Those who wish to send in their prayer intentions should visit:

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