Catholic pontiff Pope Francis is worried for the church, even more so for the Catholic church.

He thinks the devil has been allowed to roam too freely, causing problems for the church.

That is why the Pope on Saturday invited Catholics worldwide to pray the Rosary every day during the month of October, “asking the Holy Mother of God and St. Michael the Archangel” to protect the Church from attacks of the devil — the “Great Accuser”.

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A Vatican statement issued today, Sunday September 30th — on the liturgical feast of St. Michael the Archangel — seemed to be an indirect response to accusations by former U.S. Nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, that Pope Francis and several high-ranking prelates were complicit in covering up homosexual abuse by ex-U.S. Cardinal, Theodore McCarrick.

The Vatican in fact would not say if Pope Francis was referring to its former U.S. Nuncio, Archbishop Viganò, the AP reported on Saturday.

In the statement, the Vatican announced: “The Holy Father has decided to invite all the faithful, from all over the world, to pray the Holy Rosary every day, during the entire Marian month of October; and thus to unite in communion and penance, as God’s people, in asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael the Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to divide us from God and one another.”