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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.

NOVEMBER

2019

The Future of the Very Young

That every country take the measures necessary to prioritize the future of the very young, especially those who are suffering.

DECEMBER

2019

Promotion of World Peace

We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.

JANUARY

2020

Listen to the Migrants’ Cries

We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered.

FEBRUARY

2020

Catholics in China

We pray that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.

MARCH

2020

Freedom from Addiction

We pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied.

APRIL

2020

For Deacons

We pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.

MAY

2020

The Way of the Heart

We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.

JUNE

2020

Our Families

We pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.

JULY

2020

The Maritime World

We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families.

AUGUST

2020

Respect for the Planet’s Resources

We pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.

SEPTEMBER

2020

The Laity’s Mission in the Church

We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

OCTOBER

2020

Artificial Intelligence

We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.

NOVEMBER

2020

For a life of prayer

We pray that our personal relationship with Jesus Christ be nourished by the Word of God and a life of prayer.

DECEMBER

2020

What is the process in the preparation of the prepared prayer intentions? The faithful from around the world suggest papal prayer intentions in each country to their national office, which selects some of them and sends those to the international office of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network in Vatican City. Through prayerful discernment the international office selects a large number of them and submits them to the Pope to help his discernment. After his prayer and discernment he entrusts to the International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network the official set of monthly prayer intentions, which are then translated into the major world languages and published in print and digital formats.