The Pope's Monthly Intentions, 2017
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 : Christian Unity
That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord's teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.
FEBRUARY: Comfort for the Afflicted
That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.
MARCH: Support for Persecuted Christians
That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.
APRIL: Young People
That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.
MAY: Christians in Africa
That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.
JUNE: National Leaders
That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.
JULY: Lapsed Christians
That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.
That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.
That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.
OCTOBER: Workers and the Unemployed
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
NOVEMBER: Christians in Asia
That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.
DECEMBER: The Elderly
That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.