- Feb 27, 2021
The Catholic faithful across the United States are being invited to pray for Pope Francis as he celebrates 50 years as a priest.
In much of the Catholic world, Eucharistic adoration fell by the wayside after the reforms of Vatican II, but Pope John Paul II helped revive interest in it, especially through his final encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia.
In his December prayer video, Pope Francis focused on putting an end to the phenomenon of child-soldiers, which he called a form of slavery. “In this world, which has developed the most sophisticated technologies, weapons are sold that end up in the hands of child-soldiers,” he says.