How to pray for Pope Francis? Here's a Vatican-approved prayer

Thea Alberto-Masakayan
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Although he’s the highest official of the Catholic church, Pope Francis believes he still needs prayers.

During his 5-day pastoral and state visit in the Philippines, Pope Francis repeatedly asked Filipinos to pray for him.

He also bared during his meeting with the families at Mall of Asia Arena that he prays to St. Joseph the dreamer.

“When I have a problem or a difficulty, I write on a piece of paper and I put it under [St Joseph’s] statue so he can dream about it,” Pope had said.

In a tweet in his official account, posted while Pope Francis was on board the Italy-bound chartered plane from Manila, the pontiff again sought prayers.

"Sa aking mga kaibigan sa Sri Lanka at Pilipinas: Naway pagpalain kayo ng Diyos. Sana´y patuloy niyo akong ipagdasal,” the tweet read.

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But how does one pray for the pope based on Catholic teachings?

In the prayer, "Oratio pro Summo Pontifice” (Prayer for the Pope), it said:

"May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful, look mercifully upon Thy servant Francis, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church: grant him, we beseech Thee, that, by word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, he may attain everlasting life. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen."

The prayer is from the Roman Misal, a liturgical book used during eucharistic celebrations in Roman rite of the Catholic church.

The prayer for the pope has “partial indulgence,” which in Roman Catholic teachings mean "a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven."