David Stewart SJ

          Among the many intentions and desires we will bring to our prayer and liturgies in April, the Holy Father invites us to consider also what is in his heart, and in his prayers, this month. This year it’s the month that brings us Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Good Friday, then the bright triumph of absolute good over evil’s darkness on Easter Day. In this month, Pope Francis invites us to pray for a particularly heroic and brave group,...
Pope Francis has recently entrusted his 2020 prayer intentions to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. They represent a wide array of challenges facing humanity and are the result of much prayer and discernment over the past several months. Areas in need of prayer in 2020 will include: the Way of the Heart, listening to migrant’s cries, freedom from addiction, respect for the planet’s resources and artificial intelligence to name a few.You may view the prayer intentions for 2020 below, and...
Credit shubham sharma via Unsplash
            This month, Pope Francis directs our attention to the persecuted church, asking that we pray “that Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected”.Persecution of Christian communities, and other religious minorities, is one of the topics of the Pope’s own prayer this month but not only now, because it is a constant concern in our time. Indeed,...
Credit: Joey Yu via Unsplash
           The monthly intention that Pope Francis shares with us all through his personal Prayer Network, reflects the challenges that face humanity and the mission of the Church. The Holy Father asks, this month, that we pray, with him, “that all may welcome the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution and of violence”.Our prayer, especially our daily Morning Offering, places us on a pathway, with Jesus, that mobilises us...
To begin the new year of 2019, Pope Francis has chosen this intention and now offers it to us to pray with him: “that young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world”.The Pope’s Prayer Network is the official Pontifical service for making these monthly intentions known to all the faithful around the world. As we begin 2019, we are delighted to announce that the latest, updated version of...
This month Pope Francis has declared an additional, urgent intention.The Holy Father asks all the faithful for a greater effort in our personal and community prayer. He invites us to pray every day the Holy Rosary with the intention that the Virgin Mary help the Church in these times of crisis, and to pray each day to St. Michael the Archangel that he defend us against the attacks of the Devil.During these last years and months, we in the Church have lived through difficult situations, brought...
I never miss a day of school banner. Loyola Secondary School South Sudan
In September, we join the Holy Father in prayer for his Universal Intention, that young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries. His personal Prayer Network shares this Intention with all the People of God, the Church, inviting us all to unite our prayer with what is in the Pope’s heart as he reviews the challenges that face humanity and the mission of the Church.This month, Pope Francis combines at least three of his urgent concerns and commends them to us...
Credit Brandon Wong via Unsplash
Every priest, at some point, will recognise this statement, usually uttered in all innocence: “Ah, but Sunday’s your busy day, isn’t it, Father?” Rarely would this be said with any malice although maybe with a little touch of gentle teasing. Priests work hard and wouldn’t complain  They feel sure that it’s part of their vocation, but some do work too hard and risk burning themselves out, even permanently damaging their health. The Pope is well aware of this and has selected, as his...
Fist bumps over open lap tops
Pope Francis is renowned for breaking new ground. He encourages all of us to “go to the frontiers”. He goes there too - in his preaching and teaching, in his travelling, but also in the topics that he raises. He wants the light of the Gospel to shine on so many varied areas of human experience. He reminds us that it must. This month’s Universal Intention is a great example: he invites the whole people of God to pray with him that “social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which...
Love thy neighbour Credit Nina Strehl via Unsplash
As we move into Mary’s month, and the beginning of the northern-hemisphere summer, our Holy Father points to the mission that we all share as baptised followers of the Risen Christ – the Mission of the Laity. Pope Francis asks us to pray with him this month that the lay faithful fulfil their specific mission by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today. In Mary’s month, we could surely ask her prayers in support of ours, as we pray with the Pope for this intention....

Pages