Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for January, urging the Faithful to pray for fraternity.
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 we “live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions and not fight each other, and praying for one another, open ourselves to all.”
Pope Francis has accompanied his video with an official prayer so you can pray for his monthly intention:
God our Father,
you love each of your children
and you don’t stop taking care of them and looking out for their good,
Help me to be the image and the example of this love of yours.
May I find in each person a brother or sister
and truly love them,
welcoming them despite any differences we may have,
respecting them in their dignity,
regardless of their origin or faith.
I pray that in the hearts of all your children,
the seed of human fraternity is cultivated,
to build your kingdom together on this earth.
Accompanied with the Holy Father’s intention are his “Attitudes” for the month of January:
- Welcome others together with Pope Francis, responding to the call to human fraternity: “Social friendship and universal fraternity necessarily call for an acknowledgement of the worth of every human person, always and everywhere.” (Fratelli Tutti, 106).
- Build bridges within the family, in your own community, always promoting reasons for unity and fighting against division. “Each one of us is called to be an artisan of peace, by uniting and not dividing, by extinguishing hatred and not holding on to it, by opening paths of dialogue and not by constructing new walls.” (Fratelli Tutti, 284).
- Welcome diversity, giving thanks for people who are different from you, who belong to other religions, looking at them as brothers or sisters, generous in gestures and attitudes of sympathy and acceptance. “How much our human family needs to learn to live together in harmony and peace, without all of us having to be the same!” (Fratelli Tutti, 100).
- Pray for human fraternity, for those who suffer because their dignity is neglected, so that they may be seen as brothers and sisters and not treated as threats. “Jesus told us: You are all brothers” (Matthew 23:8).
- Cultivate openness, promote moments of encounter and coexistence with religious groups different from yours, physically or through digital means. “We believers need to find occasions to speak with one another and to act together for the common good and the promotion of the poor.” (Fratelli Tutti, 282).
Read below the full prayer intention of Pope Francis, and watch “The Pope Video” for January:
“When we pray to God following Jesus, we come together as brothers and sisters with those who pray according to other cultures, other traditions and other beliefs.
We are brothers and sisters who pray.
Fraternity leads us to open ourselves to the Father of all and to see in the other a brother or sister, to share our lives or to support, to love, and to know each other.
The Church values God’s action in other religions, without forgetting that for us Christians, the wellspring of human dignity and fraternity, is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We believers must return to our sources and concentrate on what is essential. What is essential to our faith is the adoration of God and love of neighbor.
Let us pray that the Lord may give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions and not fight each other, and praying for one another, open ourselves to all.”