Pope Francis has made his February prayer intention for women who are the victims of violence.
“Today, there continue to be women who suffer violence. Psychological violence, verbal violence, physical violence, sexual violence,” Pope Francis says in the above video.
“It’s shocking how many women are beaten, insulted, and raped. The various forms of ill-treatment that many women suffer are acts of cowardice and a degradation of all humanity. Of men and of all humanity,” the pope says.
“The testimonies of the victims who dare to break their silence are a cry for help that we cannot ignore. We must not look the other away,” he says.
“Let us pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded by all.”