Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions 2019

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THE POPE’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR 2019 ENTRUSTED TO THE POPE’S WORLDWIDE PRAYER NETWORK (APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER)

 

JANUARY

Evangelization - 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.

"You young people have, in the Virgin Mary, a reason for joy and a source of inspiration.

Take advantage of the World Youth Day in Panama to contemplate Christ together with Mary. We will pray the Rosary together for peace, each of us in our own language.

And ask for strength to dream and to work for peace.

Let us pray 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

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

 

"Although we try to ignore it, slavery is not something from other times.
Faced with this tragic reality, no one can wash their hands of it without being, in some way, an accomplice to this crime against humanity.
We cannot ignore the fact that there is as much slavery in the world today as there was before, or perhaps more.
Let us pray for a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence."


MARCH

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

"It might be hard for us to believe, but there are more martyrs today than in the first centuries.

They are persecuted because they speak the truth and proclaim Jesus Christ to this society.

This happens particularly where religious freedom is not yet guaranteed.

However, it also happens in countries where, in theory and on paper, they protect freedom and human rights.

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


APRIL

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

 


Let us pray for doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war-torn areas, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

Pope Francis – April 2019

The presence of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers in war-torn areas is a sign of hope.
They are wise, valiant, and good-hearted people who, following their vocation, work under extremely dangerous conditions.
Let us pray for doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war-torn areas, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.


MAY



Evangelization - 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 the continent.

The ethnic, linguistic, and tribal divisions in Africa can be overcome promoting unity in diversity.
I want to thank the religious sisters, priests, laity, and missionaries for their work to create dialogue and reconciliation among the various sectors of African society.
Let us pray this month 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

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


JULY

Universal  - 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

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


SEPTEMBER

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


OCTOBER

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


NOVEMBER

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


DECEMBER

Universal - That every country resolutely commits to taking the necessary measures to make the future of the very young, especially those who suffer, a priority.