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 2024.
Intention for evangelisation – For the gift of diversity in the Church
Let us pray that the Holy Spirit helps us recognise the gift of different charisms within the Christian community, and to discover the richness of different ritual traditions in the heart of the Catholic Church.
Universal intention – For the terminally ill
Let us pray that the sick who are in the final stages of life, and their families, receive the necessary medical and human care and accompaniment.
Intention for evangelisation – For new martyrs
Let us pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various parts of the world might imbue the Church with their courage and missionary drive.
Universal intention – For the role of women
Let us pray that the dignity and worth of women be recognised in every culture, and for an end to the discrimination they face in various parts of the world.
Intention for evangelisation – For the formation of men and women religious and seminarians
Let us pray that men and women religious and seminarians grow in their own vocational journey through human, pastoral, spiritual and community formation, that leads them to be credible witnesses of the Gospel.
Universal intention – For those fleeing their own countries
Let us pray that migrants fleeing from war or hunger, forced to undertake journeys fraught with danger and violence, may find welcome and new living opportunities in their host countries.
Intention for evangelisation – For the pastoral care of the sick
Let us pray that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick bestows the Lord’s strength to those who receive it and to their loved ones, and that it may become for everyone an ever more visible sign of compassion and hope.
Universal intention – For political leaders
Let us pray that political leaders be at the service of their own people, working for integral human development and the common good, taking care of those who have lost their jobs and giving priority to the poor.
Universal intention – For the cry of the Earth
Let us pray that each of us listens with our hearts to the cry of the Earth and of the victims of environmental disasters and the climate crisis, making a personal commitment to care for the world we inhabit.
Intention for evangelisation – For a shared mission
Let us pray that the Church continues to sustain a synodal lifestyle in every way, as a sign of co-responsibility, promoting the participation, communion and mission shared by priests, religious and laity.
Universal intention – For those who have lost a child
Let us pray that all parents who mourn the loss of a son or daughter find support in their community, and may receive peace of heart from the Spirit of Consolation.
Intention for evangelisation – For pilgrims of hope
Let us pray that the coming Church Jubilee Year 2025 strengthens us in our faith, helping us to recognise the Risen Christ in the midst of our lives and transforming us into pilgrims of Christian hope.
PRAYING EACH MONTH
‘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 www.thepopevideo.org.
Follow the process:
- WATCH ‘The Pope Video’ at the beginning of each month
- PRAY with the Pope’s intention each day at www.clicktopray.org/daily
- REFLECT on the ‘Proposals’ for action
- ACT in light of the intention and proposals
- REPEAT for each month of the year.