Pope Francis' prayer intention for the month of April 2021: ‘For fundamental human rights.’ He asks everyone to pray for those fighting to protect people’s fundamental human rights around the world.
We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis."
The press release of the video explains that the images which form a background to the Pope’s words “seek to reflect the exercise of these fundamental rights… and the abuse of these same rights.”
The full text of the Pope's prayer intention:
Defending fundamental human rights demands courage and determination.
I’m referring to actively combatting poverty, inequality, the lack of work, land and housing, and the denial of social and labor rights.
Often, in practice, fundamental human rights are not equal for all.
There are first-, second-, and third-class people, and those who are disposable.
No. They must be equal for all.
In some places, defending people’s dignity can mean going to prison, even without a trial. Or it might mean slander. Every human being has the right to develop fully, and this fundamental right cannot be denied by any country.
Let us pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis, that they may see their sacrifice and their work bear abundant fruit.