Pope Francis is calling for a progressive prayer for babies born to mothers who are suffering from a medical condition.
The pontiff on Monday issued a letter to women in the Philippines who are experiencing postpartum depression.
The Pope called for a prayer called the ‘Ceremony of the Birth of the Holy Mother,’ which he said would help women who are in a state of depression cope with the birth of a child and feel better about the process of birth.
“It is time to recognize that the journey of childbirth is full of uncertainty and pain.
And that this is part of our responsibility as mothers and mothers who have the task of carrying the child to term,” the pope wrote.
“Therefore, a progressive and positive prayer to help a woman cope with her depression is needed, one that will help her find peace and focus on her baby’s well-being and growth.”
The letter is the latest in a string of prayers issued by the Pope to women suffering from mental health problems in recent years.
In 2016, the Pope called upon the world to join hands with the world’s Catholics to pray for the care of babies born with cerebral palsy, or spina bifida.
Last year, Pope Francis also called for the world not to ignore mental health issues affecting women, calling on us to support and empower those suffering from such conditions.
“I am reminded of the words of the great apostle Paul: ‘Be not ashamed, be not grieved, but bear one another’s burdens.
The Mother of God, the Holy Spirit, through you and through all those who love you, has sent me this prayer to you,” the Pope said. “
In a series of tweets on Sunday, the pope also asked for prayer for women who were experiencing post-partum mental health difficulties, including those who are having an abortion.”
In your anguish, you are able to give the cry of the oppressed.”