Pope's intentions for the challenges
of humanity and mission of the Church

October 1, 2018
9374 have prayed

That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.

Offering prayer

Father, here I am.
I know you are always with me.
I place my heart in the Heart of your Son Jesus,
who gives himself to us in the Eucharist each day.
May your Holy Spirit strengthen me to live the Gospel in everything I do and say.
For my part I give you this day–all my prayers,
works, joys, and sufferings–all I am and possess.
With Mary, mother of the Church, I pray for the
mission of the Church, for all Apostles of Prayer,
and for the intentions of the Pope this month. Amen.

Proposals for the month

  • Find more information about the mission of religious with poor populations and in places that are not always reported in the news.
  • Visit, this month, a religious missionary community, close to where you live, to understand their charism and mission and offer your service to them to the best of your ability.
  • Organize a time of prayer in your community for a increase in vocations of those religious who consecrate themselves to the service of others and for the people they serve.
September 1, 2018
5754 have prayed

That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.

Prayer

Father of All Goodness, who created your sons and daughters in a great diversity of peoples, ethnic groups and cultures, I thank you this month for the richness of the African youth.

I pray for all these young people, who live in environments of war, insecurity, and in precarious living and health conditions. Enlighten with your Spirit those who have the responsibility to make decisions on education and work in Africa, so that they can ensure a decent future for the young people of this great continent.

Our Father

Proposals for the month

Proposals for the month if you live outside of Africa …
  • Get in touch with African migrant communities and their young people, to understand their reality, their dreams, their difficulties and offer your help to assist them in growing their educational projects.
  • Acquaint yourself, as much as possible, with development projects that support education and employment in Africa.
  • Organize in your own community a time of prayer or formation in which the subject of the situations that lead so many young Africans to migrate in a forced way outside their countries is discussed.
Proposals for the month if you live in Africa …
  • Acquaint yourself with educational projects in your country, your community and how they are carried out. Offer your help to collaborate with teachers and school leaders in their task.
  • Get in touch with groups and associations that financially support education and offer your collaboration to the best of your ability.
  • Organize with your community a day of prayer for the intention of the month and mobilize in mission with the Church, taking material help to a school that needs your assistance.
August 1, 2018
7333 have prayed

That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Through the sacrament of marriage, your Church sees in human love a sign of your presence. The fruitful love of spouses is an example of what each of us is called to as your children: to generate life.
The family is a place of life, hope, the future and communion.
For this reason, I pray to you this month, in union with Pope Francis and the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, for all families, so that they may receive political and economic support to fulfill their mission.
I pray in particular for those who live with greater difficulties, that your Spirit may be their strength and consolation.

Our Father…

Proposals for the month

  • Follow the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, which takes place from August 21 to 25. Internalize the conclusions of this meeting, the calls made there and the statements of Pope Francis during his visit.
  • In your own family, take care of relationships in a constructive way, creating bridges, healing wounds, taking care of those who are in greater difficulties or sick.
  • Look for information on social, political and economic actions that exist in your country or in other countries, that protect the family. As much as possible, fight for these to be implemented in your own countries.