Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for December, that every country makes the future of children a priority, especially those suffering.

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: “Let us prayer that every country decides to take necessary measures to make the future of children a priority, especially the future of children who are suffering today.”

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

“Father of Goodness,
the birth of your Son Jesus opens a new time to the world,
a time of hope and peace.
We pray for children and adolescents,
especially those who live discouraged by their difficulties and sufferings,
who do not find opportunities to develop, feel enthusiasm for the future,
nor the support they need to have a decent life.
Help us to give them a bright future,
embracing with love the children and adolescents of today,
so they can transform the world that you have created
in a space of life and fraternity among all.
Our Father…

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

    • Promote, in your own community, a time of reflection on the challenges that children and adolescents face today and in the future, at a social, economic, educational level, etc.
    • Promote, in your community, instances for children and adolescents to be heard in their desires, expectations and needs before making decisions that affect their lives.
    • Promote a time of prayer, organized with children and adolescents, in which they themselves are protagonists and feel support from the community in their promotion and development.

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

“Children are the first to suffer from wars, corruption, poverty, and environmental imbalances and disasters. This means that their rights, from the right to play or study to the right to be heard, should be especially protected. 

Every child who is marginalized, abused, abandoned, without schooling, or without medical care, is a cry that rises up to God.

In each of them is Christ, who came to our world as a defenseless child; it is Christ who looks at us through the eyes of each of these children.

Let us prayer that every country decides to take necessary measures to make the future of children a priority, especially the future of children who are suffering today.

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