Two years ago this month Edward Pentin reported on this site that there was a “Campaign Under Way to Introduce Prayer at Mass for Persecuted Christians”. Let’s hope that’s still true. The prayers, which were to follow the dismissal at Mass, and were more or less successors to the Leonine Orations, have a long tradition of being so efficacious that, once they accomplished their original object, they were retained (until 1965) for new intentions.
They were named after one of the longest reigning pontiffs, Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903). According to the Roman Missal: “These prayers were introduced by Pope Leo XIII to obtain an acceptable solution to the Vatican’s relations with the Italian State...READ MORE