Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network

FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTSApril, this year, is Resurrection Month. Everywhere, all the brothers and sisters of the human family, whether explicitly or not, are longing for new life, desperate for the deadly pandemic to end, for the fullness of life to free us from the terror of illness and death that has hung over us for over a year. We’ve seen so much selfless fraternity but we’ve also seen discord, violence and the spread of a harsh politics of hostility, even hate. It’s timely, then, that Pope...
TASTE GOD’S INFINITE MERCYIt’s already a full year since Pope Francis prayed for the whole world in that haunting and poignant televised service in a rainy, dark St.Peter’s Square. For many of us watching, whether we were people of explicit faith or not, the simple liturgy revealed a palpable depth; his spoken words were matched by the intensity of the visual symbol. It went deep. It is the same profundity that the Pope invites us to find, in his intention for this month, in the Sacrament of...
FEBRUARY – REPENT OF VIOLENCE TO WOMEN, SAYS POPEFebruary brings us Ash Wednesday and begins our Lenten repentance and renewal. It brings us a new Intention from Pope Francis, a prayer from his own heart that he’d like us to take into our hearts and our own prayer. The Pope encourages us to consider, prayerfully, gender-based violence and, since faith is the daily living-out of prayer, to find ways of supporting and advocating for women who are being harmed. The Intention this month invites us...
BEGIN THE YEAR with a PRAYER FOR FULL FELLOWSHIPA greater sense of human solidarity has grown among us, as we ended a dreadful year, yet it wasn’t universal. The longed-for advent of viable vaccines was accompanied by rich nations buying up huge stocks, leaving Majority World nations struggling. Some people appeared to relegate the common good to second place if their own comfort was affected by COVID mitigations. Pope Francis has chosen to highlight human fraternity for the first intention of...
In September, as the whole of humanity continues to grapple with the COVID pandemic, Pope Francis maintains his constant call to us all for a “globalisation of compassion”.The Pope continues to urge us through his worldwide prayer network, an apostleship of prayer that everyone can join, to take into our prayer these and all the challenges that face humanity and the church’s mission. In September, the particular form that takes is a prayer for our common home, our planet – we are invited to...
PRAYING WITH THE POPE IN AUGUST – FOR THOSE AT SEA.This most extraordinary year of pain and suffering continues into the late summer, in this hemisphere, extraordinary in many ways but not least that its global pandemic is affecting, almost certainly, every single human on the face of the earth. It makes you think of that powerful contemplation of St.Ignatius Loyola, in the Spiritual Exercises, in which he invites you to imagine how the Blessed Trinity gazes timelessly down on the whole globe,...
June has, for a long time, been the month of particular devotion to the Heart of Christ, the Sacred Heart The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart occurs usually around half-way through the month, nineteen days after Pentecost, while, every year, many individuals and parishes pray a Sacred Heart Novena; a period of nine days, with a structured prayer each day. People understand instinctively that there...
JUNE’S PRAYER INTENTIONThis month, Pope Francis takes us to a fundamental aspect of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, since its earliest days as the Apostleship of Prayer. At its beginning, over 175 years ago, and ever since, this ministry has been rooted in devotion to the Heart of Christ, the Sacred Heart. This month, during which the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart occurs, the Pope asks that “We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by...
A RESPONSE OF TENDERNESS"To the pandemic of the virus we want to respond with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness", suggested Pope Francis, just before Holy Week and Easter, as the virus ripped through almost every country in the world. This pandemic transcends, indeed ignores, all national boundaries but so too could that trinity of prayer, compassion and tenderness that the Holy Father proposed. This echoes Pope Francis’s frequent previous pleas for what he termed a “...
We pray with the Pope each month, sharing his specific Intention for the challenges that face humanity and the church’s mission.  The pandemic that is sweeping the world at the moment is one of the greatest challenges that humanity has faced. It is, as this piece is being written, already causing numerous events and publications to be out-of-date and this Monthly Reflection, also prepared in advance, is likely to be somewhat redundant by the time you’re reading it in your diocesan...

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