Pope's prayer intentions

Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy, Oct. 4, 2016. Vatican Media

This is Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for July 2022

Jun 30, 2022

Pope Francis has asked the Catholic Church to pray in a special way for the elderly during the month of July.

Pope Francis announced that his prayer intention for June 2022 is families. Shutterstock

Pope Francis Announces His Prayer Intention for June 2022

Jun 3, 2022

The choice is fitting, since families from around the world will gather in Rome later this month for the World Meeting of Families on June 22-26.

Pope Francis with a statue of the Virgin and Child. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Prays That Young People Will Follow Mary’s Example

May 3, 2022

‘You young people, who want to build something new, a better world, follow her example, take risks,’ the pope urged.

Healthcare workers arrive at a check-up camp in Malad, India on June 25, 2020. Manoej Paateel/Shutterstock

Pope Francis’ April Prayer Intention: For Healthcare Workers in Poor Countries

Apr 5, 2022

Healthcare workers “have given their lives during this pandemic to help so many sick people recover,” Pope Francis said.

Human Embryo, File Photo. Firstbrook Just Click 100 via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Pope Francis’ March Prayer Intention: For Christians Facing New Bioethical Challenges

Mar 8, 2022

‘Let us pray that we may give a Christian response to bioethical challenges,’ the pope said.

Pope Francis prays at Hosh al-Bieaa (Church square) in Mosul, Iraq, on March 7, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis’ January 2022 Prayer Intention is for Victims of Religious Persecution

Jan 4, 2022

The pope called persecution ‘inhuman’ and ‘insane.’

Pope Francis meets young people of the Scholas Community at Rome’s Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae, Nov. 25, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis’ December Prayer Intention: Catechists to Witness Word of God "with courage"

Nov 30, 2021

Pope Francis instituted a new ministry of catechist in May.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Nov. 3, 2021. Vatican Media.

In November, Pope Francis Asks Catholics to Pray for People Suffering Depression

Nov 3, 2021

The condition affects an estimated 280 million people worldwide.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Sept. 29, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pray that "every baptized person may be engaged in evangelization": Pope Francis

Sep 30, 2021

He said: “Jesus asks us all ... to be missionary disciples. Are you ready?”

Pope Francis greets supporters of the Laudato Si’ Movement at his general audience at the Vatican, Sept. 1, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Invites Catholics to Pray for “courageous choices” to Protect Environment

Sep 1, 2021

He made the appeal in his prayer intention for September.

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus address at the Vatican, Aug. 2, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Asks Catholics to Pray for Church Reform “in the light of the Gospel”

Aug 3, 2021

In an accompanying video, the pope said that the Church ‘always is in crisis, because she’s alive.’