December 22, 2016

Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network: The 2016 Intentions

A global initiative spreading the word of the monthly prayer intentions of Pope Francis related to the challenges of the world we live in. Here, in reverse chronological order, are all the intentions from 2016. Each is linked to its accompanying video. You may wish to follow up on any you missed.

November: Countries Receiving Refugees
That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity.

December: End to Child Soldiers
That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over

September: For a More Human Society
That each may contribute to the common good & to the building of a society that places the human person at the centre
That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics
July: Indigenous Peoples
That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect

August: Sports, a Culture of Encounter
That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples & may contribute to peace in the world

May: Respect for Women
That in every country of the world women may be honoured and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed

June: Solidarity in Cities
That the aged, marginalised, and those who have no one may find - even with the huge cities of the world- opportunities for encounter & solidarity

March: Children  & Families in Difficulty
That families may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments

April: Small Farmers
That small farmers may receive just compensation for their invaluable work

JanuaryInterreligious Dialogue
That sincere dialogue among men & women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace & justice

FebruaryCare for Creation
That we may take good care of creation - a gift freely given- cultivating & protecting it for future generations

Each month the Pope entrusts two prayer intentions to his Worldwide Prayer Network, the Apostleship of Prayer. These intentions express his great concern for humanity and the mission of the Church. They are a global call to transform our prayers into “concrete gestures” of service. They are a monthly action plan mobilizing us to work together to build a more humane and caring world .

The intentions for 2017 can be downloaded here. The monthly videos for 2017 will commence in January 2017.

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