Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for December, urging the Faithful to pray for catechists.

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 December, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention that we “pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Earlier this year, Pope Francis formally restored the lay ministry of catechists with his Apostolic Letter Antiquum ministerium.

Father Frédéric Fornos, S.J., International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, commented on Pope Francis’ prayer intention.

“Francis dedicating this last message to catechists in the same year in which he instituted their lay ministry and in which the synodal journey began ‘as the pilgrim and missionary People of God’ is an eloquent gesture.”

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

“May the presence of the Holy Spirit,
through the prayers of Mary,
grant the Church unprecedented enthusiasm in the catechetical work that is essential for her.

Thus will she effectively carry out, at this moment of grace
her inalienable and universal mission,
the mission given her by her Teacher: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.

St. John Paul II (Catechesi Tradendae)”

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

“Catechists have an invaluable mission for the transmission and growth of the faith.

The lay ministry of catechist is a vocation; it’s a mission. Being a catechist means that you ‘are a catechist,’ not that you ‘work as a catechist.’ It’s an entire way of being, and we need good catechists who are both companions and teachers.

We need creative people who proclaim the Gospel, but who proclaim it neither with a mute nor with a loudspeaker, but rather with their life, with gentleness, with a new language, and opening new ways.

In many dioceses, on many continents, evangelization is fundamentally in the hands of a catechist.

Let us thank catechists for the interior enthusiasm with which they live this mission at the service of the Church.

Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit, with joy and much peace.

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