Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network

JUNE’S PRAYER INTENTIONThis month, Pope Francis takes us to a fundamental aspect of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, since its earliest days as the Apostleship of Prayer. At its beginning, over 175 years ago, and ever since, this ministry has been rooted in devotion to the Heart of Christ, the Sacred Heart. This month, during which the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart occurs, the Pope asks that “We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by...
A RESPONSE OF TENDERNESS"To the pandemic of the virus we want to respond with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness", suggested Pope Francis, just before Holy Week and Easter, as the virus ripped through almost every country in the world. This pandemic transcends, indeed ignores, all national boundaries but so too could that trinity of prayer, compassion and tenderness that the Holy Father proposed. This echoes Pope Francis’s frequent previous pleas for what he termed a “...
We pray with the Pope each month, sharing his specific Intention for the challenges that face humanity and the church’s mission.  The pandemic that is sweeping the world at the moment is one of the greatest challenges that humanity has faced. It is, as this piece is being written, already causing numerous events and publications to be out-of-date and this Monthly Reflection, also prepared in advance, is likely to be somewhat redundant by the time you’re reading it in your diocesan...
In a special edition of “The Pope Video“, the Holy Father asks us to pray for the sick and the suffering, while thanking all those who, united and regardless of their religious tradition or convictions, pray for those affected.(Vatican City, 24 March 2020) – The Holy Father Pope Francis wanted to share a particular prayer message in a special edition of The Pope Video, in an initiative of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. In a context marked by the global pandemic of the COVID-19...
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November is the month of Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Middle East. David Stewart SJ reflects on the spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation in a part of the world which has seen much strife.   THE HOLY FATHER’S PRAYER-GROUPLike his predecessors, Pope Francis has often turned to his own international prayer network asking us to pray for today’s pressing issues. You can be part of this network right now, if God’s Holy Spirit draws you to unite your own prayers to...
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October is the Extraordinary Mission Month. David Stewart SJ reflect on the “new missionary spring in the church” and how we can play our part in it, put our faith into action.October’s Prayer Intention of the Holy Father coincides with the church’s Extraordinary Mission Month. At its heart there is the fervent prayer intention for a “Missionary Spring – that the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary 'spring' in the church”. Pope Francis invites us all to pray this intention with...
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For the month of September, we are invited to ponder and pray for the protection of the seas and oceans. David Stewart SJ invites us to reflect on our use of the earth’s resources.The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network’s mission is to share the Holy Father’s monthly prayer intention widely among the people of God, in our parishes and chaplaincies, communities and families. With the Pope, we want to change our hearts, to be more ready to carry out Christ’s mission in the world. For this September,...
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David Stewart SJ remembers the celebrations for the 175th anniversary of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network and reflects on the prayer intention for this month of August.On the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, several thousand delegates, National & Regional Directors and friends from every continent gathered at St Peters’ in Vatican City to begin the celebration of the 175th anniversary with a special Papal Audience. In St Paul VI Audience Hall, Fr Fornos SJ began the morning...
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The Pope's prayer intention this month is for the integrity of justice. David Stewart SJ reflects.At the end of June, the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network gathered many people associated with this mission in Rome to celebrate 175 years since our first beginning. From those early days, in France, this pontifical service has grown to become the Church’s largest prayer-group, operating in at least 97 countries. Known to millions for many decades as the Apostleship of Prayer, this work underwent a...
At the end of this month there will be four days of celebration in Rome for the 175th Anniversary of the foundation of the Apostleship of Prayer, which has been re-invigorated and rebranded in recent years as the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. The Apostleship of Prayer started in France in 1844, at a Jesuit training college in Vals. The young Jesuits there were anxious to start on their missionary activities abroad, especially in India, but became disheartened because they realised they...

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