Happy Feast Day, Pope Francis!


St. GeorgeHappy Feast Day, Pope Francis!  Today is the feast of St. George the Martyr, patron saint of Jorge Bergoglio.

Faithful servant of God and invincible martyr, Saint George;
favored by God with the gift of faith, and inflamed with an ardent love of Christ, thou didst fight valiantly against the dragon of pride, falsehood, and deceit. Neither pain nor torture, sword nor death could part thee from the love of Christ. I fervently implore thee, for the sake of this love, to help Our Holy Father Pope Francis, by thy intercession, to overcome the temptations that surround him, and to bear bravely the trials that oppress him, so that he may patiently carry the cross which is placed upon him, and govern with fidelity those entrusted to his care; and let neither distress nor difficulties separate him from the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ, that he may build Your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world.  Valiant champion of the Faith, assist him in the combat against evil, that he may win the crown promised to them that persevere unto the end. 


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