Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for April, urging the Faithful to pray for fundamental human rights.
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 we pray “for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis, that they may see their sacrifice and their work bear abundant fruit.”
Pope Francis has accompanied his video with an official prayer so you can pray for his monthly intention:
“Lord Jesus Christ who are close to the suffering,
we bring before you the desire that all people are treated with dignity, respecting their right to their development as worthy sons and daughters of God the Father.
Infuse us with your Spirit the strength and courage to defend the Earth, proper housing and the work of all.
Take special care of those who risk their lives for this;
shake our sleeping consciences,
and give us your grace to feel the pain of the other as our own,
and transform reality into a promise of life.
Accompanied with the Holy Father’s intention are his “Attitudes” for the month of April:
- Respect human dignity
“Faith exhorts us to commit ourselves seriously and actively to counteract indifference in the face of violations of human dignity.” (Pope Francis, August 12, 2020)
Respecting the dignity of people is acting with justice, with high transparency and facilitating the professional, personal, family and social development of people. Do you take into account the hands dedicated to the production of what you buy? Do you buy products produced by workers whose rights and dignity are respected?
- Take risks for others
“It takes the courage to risk taking a leap forward, a daring leap to dream and realize the Kingdom of God like Jesus, and commit to a more fraternal humanity. We need fraternity: take your chances, go ahead!” (Pope Francis, August 11, 2018) Denounce injustices when you witness them and defend those who are criticized, slandered, or set apart.
- Get out of yourself
“The invitation to go out of ourselves for love of God and neighbor is presented as an opportunity to share, serve and intercede” (Pope Francis, May 31, 2020). Following Jesus implies living like Him: learning to leave ourselves, to move towards those who are more distant, more forgotten, those who are most in need of consolation and help, also around you.
- Approaching existential borders
“Embracing the new frontiers of mission implies not only going to new territories to bring the Gospel, but also facing the new challenges of our time, such as migration, secularism and the digital world.” (Pope Francis, October 22, 2018). Existential borders and peripheries … Who do we find there? To those who are outside, not only geographically; they are those whom we have excluded from our existence. Get close to someone you have distanced yourself from.
- Respect human dignity
Read below the full prayer intention of Pope Francis, and watch “The Pope Video” for April:
“Defending fundamental human rights demands courage and determination.
I’m referring to actively combatting poverty, inequality, the lack of work, land and housing, and the denial of social and labor rights.
Often, in practice, fundamental human rights are not equal for all.
There are first-, second-, and third-class people, and those who are disposable.
No. They must be equal for all.
In some places, defending people’s dignity can mean going to prison, even without a trial. Or it might mean slander.
Every human being has the right to develop fully, and this fundamental right cannot be denied by any country.
Let us pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis, that they may see their sacrifice and their work bear abundant fruit.”