Over the past weeks I’ve spoken or written to lots of Catholics about the special papal blessing that Pope John Paul II signed for all the faithful who would recite the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy for the end of abortion and the culture of death. So far no one I’ve talked to knew about this special blessing beforehand and no one knew of the special intentions that the Pope suggested. After I emailed a copy of Fr. Frank Pavone’s column (linked above) to a fellow prayer vigil attendee, she pointed out to me that there happen to be five intentions, so we’ve been praying the Chaplet together and mentioning an intention for each decade as we pray. (Yeah, I know, it seemed so obvious after she pointed it out, but, to be honest, I didn’t notice it until she told me.)
Below I’ve listed the Pope’s intentions in list form for ease of use during the recitation of this beautiful devotion, the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, for the end of abortion and the culture of death.
- for mothers, that they not abort their offspring;
- for infants in danger of being put to death in the womb;
- for a change of heart of providers of abortions and of their collaborators;
- for human victims of stem cell research, genetic manipulation, cloning and euthanasia;
- and for all entrusted with the government of peoples, that they may promote the Culture of Life, so as to put an end to the culture of death.