Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for May, urging the Faithful to pray for citizens to be protected from the dangers of financial markets.

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 May, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention that we pray “that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate financial markets and protect citizens from its dangers.”

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

“Lord Jesus, Son of the Father, who defended the poor:
submitted by the economic injustices of Your time,
we present before You our brothers, who suffer
the negative consequences of a financial economy,
that fuels speculation without work and stifles the real
economy centered on working people.
We are outraged by this injustice that sinks the most fragile!
May your Spirit soften the hearts of those responsible for this situation
to use power to protect and care for the underprivileged.
And give us a big heart to share
the fruit of our work, alleviating suffering.

Accompanied with the Holy Father’s intention are his “Attitudes” for the month of May:

Living with a happy sobriety:
The constant accumulation of possibilities to consume distracts the heart and prevents us from valuing each thing and each moment” (Pope Francis). Stop to recognize and value the things you have. Francis invites us to: “Value the small, be grateful for the possibilities that life offers without clinging to what we have or being sad about what we do not have” (Laudato Si, 222).

Share your goods:
Pope Francis states: “economic institutions and social channels are not being developed quickly enough to allow the poorest to have regular access to basic resources” (Laudato Si, 109). Look for a charitiable organization or institution with which you can collaborate at this time through a donation to help support their activities.

Act for the common good:
Pope Francis states: “An integral ecology implies dedicating some time to recover the serene harmony with creation, to reflect on our lifestyle and our ideals” (Laudato Si 225). Reflect and propose ways that you can collaborate in the care of our common home. Find out about actions you can take to take care of the environment and work for an integral ecology.

Use money wisely:
Pope Francis states: “since the market tends to create a compulsive consumer mechanism to place its products, people end up immersed in the whirlpool of unnecessary purchases and expenses” (Laudato Si 203).

Take some time to think about what you spend your money on every day. What things do you spend the most money on and how could you financially help those who need it most?

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

The true economy, the one that creates work, is in crisis. How many people are now unemployed! — But the financial markets have never been as inflated as they are now.

How far away is the world of high finance from the lives of ordinary people!
If finance is unregulated, it becomes pure speculation driven by various monetary policies.

This situation is unsustainable. And it is dangerous.

So that the poor do not suffer painful consequences from this system, financial speculation must be carefully regulated.

Speculation. I want to underline that term.

May finance be a form of service, and an instrument to serve the people, and to care for our common home!

We still have time to begin a process of global change to practice a different kind of economy, one that is more just, more inclusive and sustainable —and leaves no one behind.

We can do this! And let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate financial markets and protect citizens from its dangers.

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