Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for April, that those afflicted with addiction be liberated from its grip.

Pope Francis’ Worldwide Prayer Network of the Apostleship of Prayer developed “The Pope Video” initiative in 2016 as a way to spread the Holy Father’s monthly prayer intentions on the challenges humanity faces in a video based format.

For the month of April, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention that “those suffering from addiction may be properly helped and accompanied.”

Pope Francis has accompanied his video with an official prayer so you can pray for his monthly intention:

“Lord Jesus Christ,
who sent your disciples to bring the Good News to the whole world,
inspire our brothers and sisters who follow you in this great country, China.
May your Spirit lead those responsible in the Church to hold in their hearts the desire for dialogue, openness, peace, and reconciliation.
This month, we commit ourselves to be more united to our brothers and sisters in China who,
through many difficulties,
believe in you and profess your Name.
May your Love be for each one of them their strength and their joy.
Our Father…

Accompanied with the Holy Father’s intention are his proposals for the month of April:

    • Examine honestly how you use your own available time and money, see if you spend them in a disorderly way and/or if in either field you are subject to any form of dependence yourself.
    • Take time, in the family, in catechesis or in the groups or communities in which you are a part, for conversation and reflection about people close or known to you who are under the influence of any type of addiction to find suitable means to help them.
    • Get better informed about institutions that help victims of addiction, look for more information about them and, collaborate with them according to your own possibilities. 

Read below the full prayer intention of Pope Francis, and watch “The Pope Video” for April:

“Surely, you’ve heard about the drama of addiction.

And… have you also thought about the addiction to gambling, to pornography, to the internet… and the dangers of virtual space?.

Supported by the “Gospel of Mercy” we can alleviate, care for and heal the suffering associated with new kinds of addiction.

We pray that those suffering from addiction may be properly helped and accompanied.”

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  1. FYI: Your printed/copied ‘an official prayer’ section needs to be updated from March (China) to April (addictions). Thank you for posting the video segment. Three prayers (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be) for Pope Francis and his intentions follow every rosary I say. It’s an old-school habit but keeps him always in mind, prayers for him/us.


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