Praying with the pope

Here we are at the beginning of a new calendar year, 2016, which everyone enters with a tangle of hopes and fears, plans and qualms, strategies and anxieties. Catholics, indeed all people of good will, enter it knowing that they have already crossed the threshold, gone through that Holy Door with Pope Francis, of not just another calendar year but also of a special Jubilee Year, the Year of Mercy. Every month the Holy Father gives us two specific concerns and invites us to join him in praying...
Pope Francis hugs a young man during a visit to a rehab centre
Each month, we share the Holy Father’s concerns for the world and for the spread of the Gospel. He entrusts his concerns to the Pope’s Global Prayer Network, the Apostleship of Prayer, and asks us to invite all people of good will to pray with and about these intentions. Here we are in December and, of course, we’re in the Christian season of Advent, so perhaps our prayer with the Pope might have an added dimension of hope and expectation so characteristic of this holy season! And there’s more...
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We share the Holy Father’s concerns for the world and for the spread of the Gospel. Each month he entrusts his concerns to the Apostleship of Prayer, the Pope’s Global Prayer Network, and asks us to invite all people of good will to pray with and about these intentions.This month, his concerns are:For the whole world, Dialogue: That we may be open to personal encounter and dialogue with all, even those whose convictions differ from our own.Near the beginning of his famous “Spiritual Exercises...
Each month, Pope Francis entrusts two particular prayer intentions to the Apostleship of Prayer, the Pope’s Prayer Network and asks the AoP to spread these intentions to Christians everywhere. Successive Popes have given this mission to the AoP, which is looked after by the Jesuits, for many years. It is for this reason that the AoP is known as the Prayer Network of the Pope; the Holy Father Francis takes a keen personal interest in this ministry.Each month, one of the intentions concerns a...
Pope Francis greets refugees, Centro Astalli, Italy,
The Apostleship of Prayer is the Pope’s own prayer-group. Here is the first of two intentions he asks us to pray in the month of June, 2015.That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.Few have been unaware of the shocking news coming from the Mediterranean in recent months of so many thousands of desperate migrants rescued from the open sea. Yet they were the fortunate ones; many more have lost their lives in horrifying circumstances, drowning...
Mother Theresa
Mother Teresa of Calcutta reportedly said that the greatest manifestation of poverty is loneliness. In his November intention, Pope Francis is concerned about those who are lonely and have no friends; but before that he also highlights refugees fleeing in terror from war zones (August) and the needs of those who are mentally disabled (September). In uniting our prayers with the Holy Father and the Universal Church in this way, we are able to pray not only for all these people but also those who...

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