Every year, the Holy Father asks for our prayers for a specific intention each month. You are invited to answer the Pope's request and to join with many people worldwide in praying for this intention each month. From time to time, the Holy Father may add a second prayer intention related to current events or urgent needs, like disaster relief. The second prayer request will help mobilize prayer and action related to the urgent situation.
Pope's prayer intention for September: 'An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle'
Pope Francis: "Let us reflect on how the way we eat, consume, travel, or the way we use water, energy, plastics, and many other material goods, is often harmful to the Earth. Let us choose to change! Let us advance with young people towards lifestyles that are simpler and more respectful of the environment.
Let us pray that we all will make courageous choices, the choices necessary for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, taking inspiration from our young people who are resolutely committed to this. And they aren’t foolish, because they are committed to their own future. This is why they want to change what they will inherit at a time when we will no longer be here.”
Pope's prayer intention for August: 'Church on the Way'
Pope Francis invites everyone to work for a transformation of the Church – a work that begins with “a reform of ourselves” through an experience of prayer, charity, and service, inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Pope's prayer intention for July: Social Friendship
Pope Francis prays “that in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship” against polarization and populism.
Pope's prayer intention for June: The Beauty of Marriage
Pope Francis says marriage is “a demanding journey, at times difficult, and at times complicated, but it’s worth making the effort.” "Marriage isn’t just a ‘social’ act; it’s a vocation that’s born from the heart.”
Pope's prayer intention for May: the World of Finance
Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.
Pope's prayer intention for April: Fundamental Human Rights
In many parts of the world, defending fundamental human rights can imply risk. This is true not only under dictatorial regimes, but also in some democracies undergoing a crisis. As Pope Francis says, it requires courage to actively combat poverty, inequality, the lack of work, land and housing, and the denial of social and labor rights. This month, the Pope invites us to support those who willingly accept the consequences of defending fundamental rights in places where it isn’t easy, so that “they may see their sacrifice and their work bear abundant fruit.”
Pope's prayer intention for March: The Sacrament of Reconciliation
Pope Francis' prayer intention for March seeks to highlight the joy that the sacrament of reconciliation brings, and reminds us that it is a loving and merciful encounter between us and God.
February's prayer intention is for women who are victims of violence.
January's prayer intention: At the Service of Human Fraternity
The first International Day of Human Fraternity will be celebrated on 4 February 2021.