Vienna meeting for Pope's Prayer Network
There was a big gathering last week in Vienna of the representatives for The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network. The meeting was facilitated by Fr Frederic Fornos SJ from the French Province, who was appointed as international director of the network in July 2016 by Pope Francis. Fr Frederic explained how what was formerly known as ‘The Apostleship of Prayer‘, had been given a new logo and vision as the Pope’s Worldwide Network since 2010. More than just a rebranding exercise, Fr Frederic called this a process of ‘re-creation’. This process has included the creation of digital tools such as ‘Click to Pray’, an app to encourage young people to pray at three moments of the day. Also included in the new vision is ‘The Pope Video’ which is a ninety-second clip in which Pope Francis introduces his monthly intention. Pope Francis entrusts to the network these intentions, which address the challenges facing humanity and assists the mission of the Church.
Fr David Stewart SJ was there representing the Jesuits in Britain. He observed that ‘Over half of the participants were new, so that is certainly a sign that the ‘recreation’ is taking hold.’ Looking to the future, it is hoped that the digital platforms will act like a launchpad so that people will get practically involved in some of the issues that the pope highlights. Fr. Frederic explains that “we must meet people in the parishes”. This is the next step of the process, which he calls the mission to the parishes. "We need to go out into the world and find the missionary spirit that the Apostleship of Prayer had in the beginning", he said, explaining that the goal of the network is “to help people to be available and ready for the service of the mission of Jesus Christ in their daily lives”,
In 2014, a document was released called ‘A pathway with Jesus in apostolic readiness’ approved by Pope Francis, which describes this re-creation process. Directors of the network in each country presented about where they are in the re-creation process. Fr David found it particularly helpful to meet other directors: “It was a great chance – to deepen our collaboration especially with the Irish province, represented by Donal Neary SJ.” Pope Francis certainly has experienced the power of prayer in his own life and in January 2017 he specifically asked all Catholics to participate in the network.
Ways of Praying with the Pope
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