Pope's prayer intentions

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David Stewart SJ reflects on the Pope's prayer intention for May: the Church in Africa.       Pope Francis directs our attention, in this month’s Intention, south of the Equator, asking us to pray with him for the challenges facing the church’s mission there. His Evangelisation Intention for this month is that the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.Nobody of...
          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,...
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            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,...
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           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...
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One of our innovations, as we have been redeveloping the Pope’s personal prayer network, is our popular Click-to-Pray online service. It is the Pope’s app that connects your prayer with the world. Tens of thousands have downloaded the app while others visit the website daily to “Pray with the Pope”. Each day the app offers a different set of short and accessible prayers. The first is to start off the day, as we pray to make ourselves available for Christ’s mission; a second one, very brief and...
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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...
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As the days really shorten and darken in the nations of Britain and of the northern hemisphere, the monthly Universal Intention of the Holy Father, commended to the church though his Prayer Network, keeps us mindful of the awful suffering of refugees, many of whom have come to these nations to escape persecution and violence. We are invited, through prayer and reflection, to grow in compassion for all displaced people, most of whom experience great need and pain. We have a powerful reminder of...
In this month of September, we get ready to say goodbye to summer for another year. Some of us have to get used to going back to work after a summer break or,to get ready to go back to school or to begin a new course of studies, perhaps in a new place. We need to keep in mind that summer holidays and the possibility of studying are among the opportunities unavailable to many people for whom life is a struggle that has to continue no matter what month or season it is.A disadvantaged family might...
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The Holy Father has once again, this month, invited his Global Prayer Network, the Apostleship of Prayer, to pray with him about the great concerns that face humanity. This month of February finds him directing our attention to the area about which he wrote with such power and passion in 2015’s groundbreaking encyclical letter, Laudato Si.  His universal prayer intention, which he invites all people of good will everywhere to ponder and pray about, is: “That we may take good care of...

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