Throughout the upcoming season of Easter, one of the things that we are asked to pray for is victims of Abuse.

“Asking for forgiveness is necessary, but not enough”: in the month of March, Pope Francis reflects on abuse, “especially to those committed by members of the Church” and asks that we pray with him for the victims, “who have to be ‘at the center’ of everything.” At the same time, he invites the Church itself to be “a model”: whether of transparency to “bring it to light,” of “concrete actions to repair the horrors they have suffered and to prevent them from happening again,” or of offering “safe spaces for victims to be heard, supported psychologically, and protected.” The video that accompanies his words, made by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, is a story with powerful symbolic content. It plays with the comparison of light and darkness, and narrates the uniqueness of every life and the profound suffering caused by violence. 

To watch the video and hear more of Pope Francis’ teaching, click the link here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=14VHtwuhPWc&embeds_euri=https%3A%2F%2Fthepopevideo.org%2F&source_ve_path=MTM5MTE3LDIzODUx&feature=emb_title

As well as this, there is an opportunity for those who have experienced abuse to join the Isaiah Journey group for a week of guided prayer from the 11th to the 17th May. For more information, look at the poster below: