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The Pope's Monthly Intentions for 2018

Each year, the Holy Father asks for our prayers for a specific intention each month. You are invited to answer the Holy Father's request and to join with many people worldwide in praying for this intention each month.

Only one general intention is offered per month.  The Holy Father plans, however, to add a second prayer intention each month related to current events or urgent needs, like disaster relief. The urgent prayer request will help mobilize prayer and action related to the urgent situation.

The Holy Father has entrusted these intentions in a particular way to the Apostleship of Prayer, an organization that works to encourage Christians to respond to the Pope's appeal and to deepen their daily prayer. 

JANUARY

Religious Minorities in Asia
That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.

FEBRUARY

Say "No" to Corruption
That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.

MARCH

Formation in Spiritual Discernment
That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.

APRIL

For those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters
That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.

MAY

The Mission of Laity
That the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.

JUNE

Social Networks
That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects other for their differences.

JULY

Priests and their Pastoral Ministry
That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.

AUGUST

The Treasure of Families
That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.

SEPTEMBER

Young People in Africa
That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.

OCTOBER

The Mission of Religious
That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.

NOVEMBER

In Service of Peace
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.

DECEMBER

In the Service of the Transmission of Faith
That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.