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Papal Reflections

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention [April 2019]

This month we are asked to join in Pope Francis' prayer intention, '...For doctors

and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to

save the lives of others.'

We are asked to pray for those medical professionals and humanitarian workers do, every day, in the words of this month’s Intention, “risk their lives to save the lives of others”; if they don’t, who will?  Our first prayer is in thanksgiving that there are heroic people prepared to do this. Mindful that our prayers must be more than mere empty words, we also look to what action we might take.  

To do:-

 Campaign, volunteer or fundraise for the charities that carry out medical and humanitarian work in war zones, including our own Catholic aid charities. A good starting point is 'Doctors Without Borders'

Peace Actions for April

 The shops are filled with chocolate Easter eggs and most of us will be buying chocolate treats for the children in the family. Remember where possible to buy Fair Trade. Fair Trade aims to protect the exploitation of third world farmers and the trafficking of children for the purposes of exploitive labour.

 Read and pray the Beatitudes, (Matthew 5: 1-16) and reflect on their meaning for your life.

 On Saint George’s Day pray for all those who are persecuted, or make a stand for the persecuted in your own community.

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.