Pope's prayer intentions

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Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy, Oct. 4, 2016.

This is Pope Francis' prayer intention for July 2022

Jun 30, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has asked the Catholic Church to pray in a special way for the elderly during the month of... Read more

Pope Francis announced that his prayer intention for June 2022 is families.

Pope Francis announces his prayer intention for June 2022

Jun 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

The choice is fitting, since families from around the world will gather in Rome later this month for the World... Read more

Human Embryo, File Photo.

Pope Francis’ March prayer intention: For Christians facing new bioethical challenges

Mar 8, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘Let us pray that we may give a Christian response to bioethical challenges,’ the pope said. Read more

Pope Francis prays at Hosh al-Bieaa (Church square) in Mosul, Iraq, on March 7, 2021.

Pope Francis’ January 2022 prayer intention is for victims of religious persecution

Jan 4, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope called persecution ‘inhuman’ and ‘insane.’ Read more

Pope Francis meets young people of the Scholas Community at Rome’s Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae, Nov. 25, 2021.

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for December is for catechists

Nov 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis instituted a new ministry of catechist in May. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Nov. 3, 2021.

Pope Francis asks Catholics to pray in November for people suffering depression

Nov 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The condition affects an estimated 280 million people worldwide. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Sept. 29, 2021

Pope Francis: Pray that ‘every baptized person may be engaged in evangelization’

Sep 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

He said: “Jesus asks us all ... to be missionary disciples. Are you ready?” Read more

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus address at the Vatican, Aug. 2, 2021.

Pope Francis asks Catholics to pray in August for Church reform ‘in the light of the Gospel’

Aug 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

In an accompanying video, the pope said that the Church ‘always is in crisis, because she’s alive.’ Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on on Oct. 8, 2014.

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for July is for an end to polarization

Jun 30, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

“We must flee from social enmity,” the pope said in his monthly prayer video. Read more

Phillippine stock market board

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for May is for the regulation of financial markets

May 4, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“This situation is unsustainable. It’s dangerous,” Pope Francis said in a video message released May 4. Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, May 2, 2018.

Pope Francis asks Catholics to pray for their priests in July

Jul 3, 2018

By Elise Harris

In his latest prayer video, Pope Francis asked Catholics to dedicate the month of July to giving a spiritual gift... Read more

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In April, Pope Francis prays for people with economic responsibility

Apr 6, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his prayer video for the month of April, Pope Francis requested prayers for those who have a large responsibility... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 25, 2017.

In latest prayer video, Pope shines light on challenges in Asia

Nov 3, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his prayer video for November Pope Francis prays for the Church in Asia, that despite challenges it may continue... Read more

Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square with Pope Francis on Nov. 12, 2016.

Pope dedicates July to praying for those distant from the faith

Jul 5, 2017

By Elise Harris

In his prayer video for the month of July, Pope Francis has asked Christians to join him in praying for... Read more

Pope Francis led a prayer vigil for peace in Syria in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 7, 2013.

Pope Francis' latest prayer video spotlights Christian persecution

Mar 2, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his prayer video for March, Pope Francis prays for persecuted Christians, asking for the prayers and aid of the... Read more

Homeless Jesus statue.

The homeless need urgent prayers in cold winter months, Pope says

Jan 8, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Sunday Pope Francis announced that his “urgent” prayer for the month of January is for all those who live... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his April 20, 2016, general audience.

Pope shakes up monthly prayers, adds new 'urgent' intention

Jan 4, 2017

By Elise Harris

After launching the first video series on his monthly prayer intentions last year, Pope Francis has decided to make some... Read more

Pope Francis prays at Rome's Piazza di Spanga to begin the Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015.

The Pope's latest prayer intention? That journalists be truthful

Oct 4, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his latest prayer video Pope Francis dedicates the month of October to praying for journalists – specifically that their... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, April 13, 2016.

Pope Francis' May prayer intention: honor the dignity of women

May 3, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his May prayer video Pope Francis issued a global petition that women in all countries would be respected and... Read more

Pope Francis reflects during a retreat in Ariccia, Italy, March 2016.

Pope Francis' new prayer video focuses on needy families

Mar 12, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his newest prayer video Pope Francis focuses his monthly intention on families in difficulty, praying that they receive the... Read more