Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for August, urging the Faithful to pray for World Youth Day in Lisbon.

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 August, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention that that we pray WYD
“will help young people to set out on the journey, witnessing to the Gospel with their own lives.”

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

“The Church is not an old people’s club any more than it is a youth club. If it becomes something for old people, it will die. Saint John Paul II used to say that if you live with young people you become young yourself. The Church needs young people so it doesn’t grow old. 

Because as soon as Mary knew she was going to be the mother of God, she didn’t stay there taking a selfie or showing off. The first thing she did was to set out on a journey, in haste, to serve, to help. You too have to learn from her to set out on a journey to help others.

In Lisbon, I would like to see a seed for the world’s future. A world where love is at the center, where we can sense that we are sisters and brothers. We are at war; we need something else. A world that is not afraid of witnessing to the Gospel. A joyful world – because if we Christians have no joy, we are not credible, no one will believe us.

Let us pray that the World Youth Day in Lisbon will help us young people to set out on the journey, witnessing to the Gospel with our own lives.”

Text credit: https://thepopevideo.org/
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  1. Disappointing that the Pope’s August intention is so limited. Surely the planet Earth is larger in the minds of its people than one event in one place for a limited number of days. This pope is consistently disappointing in all matters.


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