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The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for 2018

The faithful from around the world suggest papal prayer intentions to the international office of the Apostleship of Prayer in Rome. Through prayerful discernment the Apostleship selects a large number of them and submits them to the Vatican for further selection, with the Pope making the final selection.

Praying with the Pope offers you the opportunity to join a community who unite their prayers and lives to the mission of the universal Church through the Pope’s monthly prayer themes.

The Pope has always had a prayer intention for each month and the church in general is asked to hold that intention in their prayer.

To read the reflections on the Pope’s monthly intentions click here and to see the accompanying pope videos click here.

To see a set of reflections on the Pope’s monthly intentions for children click here.

Intentions for 2018

JANUARY
Evangelization: Religious Minorities in Asia
That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practise their faith in full freedom.

FEBRUARY
Universal: Say “No” to Corruption
That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.

MARCH
Evangelization: Formation in Spiritual Discernment
That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.

APRIL
Universal: For Those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters
That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.

MAY
Evangelization: The Mission of the Laity
That the lay faithful may fulfil their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.

JUNE
Universal: Social Networks
That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.

JULY
Evangelization: Priests and their Pastoral Ministry
That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.

AUGUST
Universal: The treasure of Families
That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.

SEPTEMBER
Universal: Young People in Africa
That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.

OCTOBER
Evangelization: The Mission of Religious
That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.

NOVEMBER
Universal: In the Service of Peace
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.

DECEMBER
Evangelization: In the Service of the Transmission of Faith
That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.

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