Pope Francis shared his first monthly prayer intention video for the new decade, for the promotion of peace and justice in the world.

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 January, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention that “that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.”

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

“Lord Jesus Christ
At the beginning of this year,
and bearing in mind that you came among us as Prince of Peace,
we give thanks for the gift of Your presence
and the call to fraternity that you bring us….
calling us your brothers and sons of the same Father.
This month, united to the Pope and his Worldwide Prayer Network,
We ask that we all feel this call
to the construction of peace and justice.
That religious, cultural and social differences
are not walls between us,
but reasons for mutual enrichment
and building a better world,
the kingdom of heaven among us.

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

    • Internalize yourself with the initiatives that are being promoted for peace during this month, especially the ecumenical and interreligious meetings, in order to spread them in your own networks and contacts or to participate in them.
    • Make a prayerful reading of the Holy Father’s Message for the World Day of Peace, highligth the most attractive points and put them into practice, beginning with sharing and dialogue with God, with the family, with the group or community where you are inserted, etc.
    • Look around you and recognize relationships or situations that need peace and justice and actually do something particular about them.

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

In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of good will, to reconciliation and fraternity.

Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good.

We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.

Thank you.

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