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Pray with Pope Francis

11 November 2018

The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) is an international movement that is more than 170 years old.

Each month, the Pope puts forward a prayer intention and asks Catholics around the world to join him in prayer. These intentions cover all sorts of areas of life, encouraging faith, renewing hope, and calling us to loving service.

The intentions seek to respond to the challenges facing our world. We view these challenges from the perspective of mission, where our prayer and our work unite. Each monthly intention calls on us to live our faith every day. Over time, our daily prayer prepares us to share the joy of the Gospel.

The monthly prayer intention calls us to pray in solidarity with whole communities of people. Yes, we continue to have our own personal intentions for matters important to our lives. But the pope’s intentions prompt us to widen our hearts and expand our prayer’s field of vision to see people beyond those we regularly come into contact with. T

hey call on us to pray for and with distinct communities. As we pray over the course of a month, we unite our life’s concerns with theirs. An unexpected gift may be that we deepen our sense of belonging to the wider community of faith, and remember the ways the church transcends local boundaries and national borders. In time we become more and more conscious of the many needs that exist throughout the world. Together with Pope Francis we learn to ‘hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’ (Laudato Si’ #49).

As the year unfolds, let us take time to attend to the deeper desires that emerge. When our deep desires and the world’s needs meet, so we will find our gladness.

Consider the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network a year-long invitation from the Spirit: to be attentive in prayer and generous in service.

JANUARY

Young People and the Example of Mary

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.

FEBRUARY

Human Trafficking

For a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

MARCH

Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities

That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

APRIL

Doctors and their Collaborators in War-Torn Areas

For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

MAY

The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity

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.

JUNE

The Mode of Life of Priests

That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are most poor.

JULY

The Integrity of Justice

That those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.

AUGUST

Families, Schools of Human Development

That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human growth”.

SEPTEMBER

The Protection of the Oceans

That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

OCTOBER

A Missionary “Spring” in the Church

That the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary “spring” in the church.

NOVEMBER

Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Near East

That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.

DECEMBER

The Future of the Very Young

That every country determine to take the necessary measures to make the future of the very young, especially those who suffer, a priority.

PRAYING EACH MONTH

‘The Pope Video’ forms part of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. This video, published to Facebook and YouTube, includes a personal message from the pope as he asks us to pray for each monthly intention.

Follow the process:

1        WATCH ‘The Pope Video’ on YouTube at the beginning of each month;

2        PRAY with the Pope’s intention each day;

3        READ the ‘Proposals’ for action (listed on https://www.pray.com.au/monthly-intentions/ or https://clicktopray.org/);

4        ACT in light of the intention and proposals;

5        REPEAT for each month of the year.

Praying to God for intercession

‘When God sees a person who continually prays for something, He is moved . . .

‘This is intercessory prayer: a prayer that insists and has the courage to speak directly to the face of the Lord, who is patient.

‘Patience is needed in intercessory prayer. We cannot promise someone we will pray for them, pray only an Our Father and a Hail Mary, and then leave it at that. No. If you agree to pray for someone else, you must take this [other] path. And patience is needed.

‘Two things are needed for intercessory prayer: courage, or parrhesia, and patience.

‘If I want the Lord to listen to my requests, I must return, and return again, to knock at the door of God’s heart, since my own heart is committed to [this petition]! But if my heart is not concerned for this need, or the person for whom I am praying, neither will it be capable of courage and patience.

‘May the Lord give us this grace: The grace to pray before God in freedom, like children; to pray with insistence; to pray with patience; but, above all, to pray in the knowledge that I am speaking with my Father, who will listen to me.

‘May the Lord help us to advance in this form of intercessory prayer.’

Pope Francis, homily at Casa Santa Marta, Rome, March 2018.

Join the global prayer community
Go to
clicktopray.org to find daily prayers, regular blog posts and more information on how you can participate in the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.

 

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