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Pope's Intention for January 2017


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Pope’s January Prayer Intention: ‘Christians Serving Humanity’s Challenges’

Posted by ZENIT Staff on 10 January, 2017

   
   

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Pope Francis’ prayer intention for January is for “Christians at the service of the challenges of humanity,” in which he prays “that all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.”

The Apostleship of Prayer has produced the Pope’s Video on this prayer intention, and the video can be viewed here: http://thepopevideo.org/es%3Fq=en.html .

Below is the Vatican Radio – provided transcription of the text of the Pope’s Video is below:

In today’s world, many Christians from various churches work together to serve humanity in need, to defend human life and its dignity, to defend creation, and to combat injustice. [1]

This desire to walk together, to collaborate in service and in solidarity with the weakest and with those who suffer, is a source of joy for us all. [2]

Join your voice to mine in praying for all who contribute through prayer and fraternal charity to restoring full ecclesial communion in service of the challenges facing humanity. [3]

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[1] Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to participants in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for promoting Christian unity for the 50th anniversary of the decree “Unitatis Redintegratio“.

[2] Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to participants in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for promoting Christian unity for the 50th anniversary of the decree “Unitatis Redintegratio“.

[3] Universal Prayer Intention of the Holy Father entrusted to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer). January 2017.