Pope’s Intentions

 

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.

What is the process in the preparation of the prepared prayer intentions? The faithful from around the world suggest papal prayer intentions to the international office of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network in Rome. Through prayerful discernment the international office selects a large number of them and submits them to the Vatican for further selection, with the Pope making the final selection. The Vatican then entrusts to 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.