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Papal Reflections

Pope Francis's Prayer

Intention for June 2019

This month's prayer intention is aimed at the mode of life for priests in committing to solidarity with the poor, but in fact this is a commitment we all need to adopt. Firstly we need to learn something about ourselves and our own attitudes.

It is hard to have empathy for the poor, if we cannot really understand what it is like to walk in someone else's shoes.

It is hard to have empathy with the poor if we cannot ditch the instinct to sit in judgement.

It is hard to have empathy for the poor if we cannot let go of some or all of our privileges.

This month we are asked to join in Pope Francis's prayer intention,".... That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are most poor."

Peace Actions for June 2019

Remember in your prayers all those who suffer in prison for their beliefs. (22 June is the feast of St Thomas More; a day on which we are asked to pray for the persecuted and oppressed.)

The UN Day for Victims of Torture is on 26 June. Consider joining a campaign group such as ‘Action by Christians Against Torture.’

17-23 June is ‘Refugee Week.’ The theme of Refugee Week 2019, ‘You, me and those who came before’, is an invitation to explore the lives of refugees – and those who have welcomed them – throughout the generations.

URL: official Twitter page of His Holiness Pope Francis

Each month the Pope entrusts prayer intentions to his Worldwide Prayer Network, the Apostleship of Prayer. These intentions express his great concern for humanity and the mission of the Church. His monthly prayer intention (one month is universal and the next month is for evangelization) is a global call to transform our prayer into “concrete gestures” of service. It is a monthly action plan mobilizing us to work together to build a more human and caring world.