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Praying with Pope Francis

02 November 2020

The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) is an international movement that is more than 170 years old.

Each month, the Pope puts forward a prayer intention and asks Catholics around the world to join him in prayer. These intentions cover all sorts of areas of life, encouraging faith, renewing hope, and calling us to loving service. Here are the Pope’s intentions for 2021.

Intention for evangelisation – Human fraternity

May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.

Universal intention – Violence against women
We pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded.

Intention for evangelisation – Sacrament of reconciliation
Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.

Universal intention – Fundamental rights
We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

Universal intention – The world of finance
Let us pray that those in charge of finance will work with governments to regulate the financial sphere and protect citizens from its dangers.

Intention for evangelisation – The beauty of marriage
Let us pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community: may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and patience. 

Universal intention – Social friendship
We pray that, in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship.

Intention for evangelisation – The Church
Let us pray for the Church, that She may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.

Universal intention – An environmentally sustainable lifestyle
We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this.

Intention for evangelisation – Missionary disciples
We pray that every baptised person may be engaged in evangelisation, available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that has the flavour of the Gospel.

Universal intention – People who suffer from depression
We pray that people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life.

Intention for evangelisation – Catechists
Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.


‘The Pope Video’ forms part of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. This video, published to Facebook and YouTube, includes a personal message from the pope as he asks us to pray for each monthly intention.

You can find it at

Follow the process:
WATCH ‘The Pope Video’ at the beginning of each month; 
PRAY with the Pope’s intention each day 
REFLECT on the ‘Proposals’ for action
ACT in light of the intention and proposals;
REPEAT for each month of the year.


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