VATICAN, April 30, 2004 ( – Pope John Paul II has asked Catholics throughout the world to join him in praying for the traditional family this month.  The Pope’s general prayer intention for the month of May is: “That the family, founded on the marriage of a man and a woman, may be recognized as the basic cell of human society.”  In related news, the Pope on Wednesday spoke of “an aggressive evil in the world whose inspiration is Satan.”  Reflecting on second part of Psalm 26, “The prayer of the persecuted innocent.” It is, he said, “a song of faith raised to the Lord on the dark day of assault by the wicked.”  The Pope also said the prayer “clearly illustrates the serene confidence of the faithful, even when abandoned by their parents.”  While all those in perilous conditions of suffering and persecution throughout the world could take solace in the message, some Canadian Catholics also found inspiration.  The Pope’s reflection came on Wednesday, the same day Canada’s Parliament passed the notorious homosexual hate crime bill which a Canadian Melkite Catholic warned would see Canadians “finding their precious country rushing into an era of ruthless religious persecution.”  See the Vatican Information Service report on the Pope’s Wednesday audience:


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