Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – On October 15, Pope Francis Pope Francis will publish an Apostolic Exhortation dedicated to the message of Saint Therese of Lisieux, co-Patron of the missions together with Saint Francis Xavier. The announcement was made today by the Pontiff himself, in words addressed to the multitude gathered in St. Peter's Square after the recitation of the Marian Angelus prayer. "Today", said Pope Francis, referring to the liturgical memory of the Carmelite saint, celebrated on October 1, "is the feast of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, the saint of confidence. This coming 15 October, an Apostolic Exhortation on her message will be published. Let us pray - added the Bishop of Rome - to Saint Thérèse and to Our Lady: may Saint Thérèse help us have confidence and to work for the missions".
Before evoking the French Saint, the Successor of Peter recalled that "today begins the month of October, the month of the Rosary and the missions". The Pope urged everyone "to experience the beauty of praying the Rosary, contemplating the mysteries of Christ with Mary and invoking her intercession for the needs of the Church and of the world". The Pontiff then proposed a series of prayer intentions: "Let us pray" said Pope Francis "for peace in battered Ukraine and in all those lands wounded by war. Let us pray for the evangelization of peoples. And let us also pray for the Synod of Bishops during this month in which the first Assembly on the theme of synodality in the Church takes place". (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 1/10/2023)