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Pope asks to pray for human rights advocates

The pope published the video with the prayer intention for the month of April.

“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,” he says.

He explains that he is referring to people who “actively combat 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,” he explains.

“Every human being has the right to develop fully, and this fundamental right cannot be denied by any country,” he adds. But “in some places, defending people’s dignity can mean going to prison, even without trial. Or it might mean slander,” he laments.