Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for September, urging the Faithful to pray for more greater leadership roles for women in the Church.
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 October, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention “that women may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.”
Pope Francis has accompanied his video with an official prayer so you can pray for his monthly intention:
You entrusted your Church to announce your mission through words and deeds:
the Love of the Father for all His sons and daughters.
Grant all your disciples perserverance and courage to announce the beauty of the Church as missionaries. Through the intercession of St. Mary Magdalene,
Apostle of the Apostles,
we ask that all women,
especially those who have responsibilities in the Church,
to live in service with joy and enthusiasm,
walking with all the People of God.
Accompanied with the Holy Father’s intention are his proposals for the month of October:
- In a moment of personal prayer, give thanks for the gift of Baptism. This makes each Christian a missionary disciple. Ask for the grace to be sent on your mission in your everyday life.
- As a family, small group, or community, pray for all the laity who live the mission of proclaiming Jesus at work, in society, and Church–that they can live it with enthusiasm and determination.
- Recognize and give thanks to the women in your own parish and community. Women carry out leadership positions in many ways in the Church.
Read below the full prayer intention of Pope Francis, and watch “The Pope Video” for October:
No one has been baptized a priest or a bishop. We have all been baptized as lay people.
Lay people are protagonists of the Church.
Today, it is especially necessary to create broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church.
And we must emphasize the feminine lay presence because women tend to be left aside.
We must promote the integration of women, especially where important decisions are made.
We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church, without falling into forms of clericalism that diminish the lay charism.