Starting in 2017, Pope Francis will present only one prepared prayer intention per month, rather than the two presented in years past. He plans, however, to add a second prayer intention each month related to current events or urgent needs. The urgent prayer request will help initiate prayer and action related to the current situation.
2018 Prayer Intentions
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.
In the Service of Peace
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.
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.
2019 Prayer Intentions
Evangelization: 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.
Universal: For a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced
prostitution, and of violence.
Evangelization: That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that
they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.
Universal: For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives
to save the lives of others.
Evangelization: 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.
Evangelization: That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit
themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are most poor.
Universal: That those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice
which prevails in the world may not have the last word.
Evangelization: That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more
clearly “schools of true human growth”.
Universal: That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s
seas and oceans.
Evangelization: That the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary “spring” in the
Universal: That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East,
where diverse religious communities share their lives together.
Universal: That every country determine to take the necessary measures to make the future
of the very young, especially those who suffer, a priority.