Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square on May 17, 2023. / Vatican Media
Denver, Colo., May 31, 2023 / 11:45 am (CNA).
Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of June is for the abolition of torture.
“Torture is not past history. Unfortunately, it’s part of our history today,” Pope Francis said in a video released May 30.
“How is it possible that the human capacity for cruelty is so huge?” he questioned.
“There are extremely violent forms of torture. Others are more sophisticated, such as degrading someone, dulling the senses, or mass detentions in conditions so inhumane that they take away the dignity of the person.”
The pope reminded the faithful that this is not something new. He urged everyone to “think of how Jesus himself was tortured and crucified.”
He added: “Let us put a stop to this horror of torture. It is essential to put the dignity of the person above all else. Otherwise, the victims are not persons, they are ‘things’ and can be mistreated mercilessly, causing death or permanent psychological and physical harm lasting a lifetime.”
Pope Francis concluded his message with a prayer: “Let us pray that the international community commit itself concretely to abolish torture, guaranteeing support to victims and their families.”
Pope Francis’ prayer video is promoted by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, which raises awareness of monthly papal prayer intentions.