Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions

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January

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for January is for Christian Unity. That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.

February

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for February is for comfort for the afflicted.  That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalised, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.

The Apostleship of Prayer has produced the Pope’s Video for this prayer intention.

March

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for March is for support for Persecuted Christians.  That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.

The Apostleship of Prayer has produced the Pope’s Video for this prayer intention.

April

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for April is for support for persecuted Christians.  That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.

May

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for May is for Christians in Africa.  That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.

June

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for June is for National Leaders.  That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.

July

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for July is for lapsed Christians.  That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.

August

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for August is for artists.  That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.

September

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for September is for parishes.  That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.

October

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for October is for workers and the unemployed.  That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

November

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for November is for Christians in Asia.  That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.

December

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for December is for the elderly.  That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

Prayer Intentions 2016

January

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for January is for Interreligious Dialogue. That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.

 

February

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for February is for Care for Creation.  That we may take good care of creation – a gift freely given – cultivating and protecting it for future generations.

 

March

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for March is for Families in Difficulty. That families in need may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments.

 

April

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for April is for Small Farmers. That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.

 

May

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for May is for Respect for Women.

 

June

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for June is for Human Solidarity. That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find–even within the huge cities of the world–opportunities for encounter and solidarity.

 

July

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for July is for Indigenous Peoples. That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect.

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August

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for August is for sports.  That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.

 

September

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for September is for the centrality of the Human Person.  That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the centre.

 

October

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for October is for journalists.  That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.

 

November

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for November is for countries receiving refugees.  That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity.

The Apostleship of Prayer has produced the Pope’s Video for this prayer intention.

 

December

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for December is to put an end to child-soliders.  That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.

The Apostleship of Prayer has produced the Pope’s Video for this prayer intention.