Vatican City, Sep 29, 2018 / 07:23 am
Pope Francis has asked all Catholics to pray the rosary daily during the month of October, asking Mary and St. Michael the Archangel to intercede for the protection of the Church in a moment of "spiritual turbulence."
A Sept. 29 statement from the Vatican said that Pope Francis had recently affirmed that prayer "is the weapon against the Great Accuser who 'goes around the world seeking to accuse.' Only prayer can defeat him."
"The Russian mystics and the great saints of all the traditions advised, in moments of spiritual turbulence, to shelter beneath the mantle of the Holy Mother of God," the statement added.
The pope said that recitation of the rosary would invoke Mary's intercession, placing the Church under her "protective mantle."