The Pope's Monthly Intentions, 2018
Each year, the Holy Father asks for our prayers for a specific intention each month. You are invited to answer the Holy Father's request and to join with many people worldwide in praying for this intention each month. Starting in 2017, only one general intention is offered per month. The Holy Father plans, however, to add a second prayer intention each month related to current events or urgent needs, like disaster relief. The urgent prayer request will help mobilize prayer and action related to the urgent situation.
The Holy Father has entrusted these intentions in a particular way to the Apostleship of Prayer, an organization that works to encourage Christians to respond to the Pope's appeal and to deepen their daily prayer. You can find more information about the Apostleship of Prayer on their website. (The Apostleship of Prayer will also publish the Holy Father's urgent prayer intentions as soon as they are received from the Holy See.) USCCB
January: Religious Minorities in Asia
That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.
February: Say "No" to Corruption
That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.
March: Formation in Spiritual Discernment
That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.
APRIL: 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: 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: Social Networks
That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their
JULY: 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: 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: Young People in Africa
That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.
OCTOBER: 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: In the Service of Peace
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.
DECEMBER: 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.
The Pope's Monthly Intentions, 2019
JANUARY: Young People and the Example of Mary
That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.
FEBRUARY: Human Trafficking
For a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.
MARCH: Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities
That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.
APRIL: Doctors and their Collaborators in War Zones
For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.
MAY: The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity
That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.
JUNE: The Mode of Life of Priests
That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are most poor.
JULY: The Integrity of Justice
That those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.
AUGUST: Families, Schools of Human Growth
That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human growth”.
SEPTEMBER: The Protection of the Oceans
That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.
OCTOBER: A Missionary “Spring” in the Church
That the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary “spring” in the church.
NOVEMBER: 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.
DECEMBER: The Future of the Very Young
That every country determine to take the necessary measures to make the future of the very young, especially those who suffer, a priority.