Praying with the pope

VATICAN CITY — Every month the Vatican releases the pope’s prayer intentions.

The general prayer intention for December is “That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.”

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A boy displaced by violence in Sudan peers through a fence in Agok, a town in the contested southern Abyei region, in February. Tens of thousands of people fled to Agok in 2011 after an attack by soldiers and militias from the northern part of Sudan. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)

The pope’s mission intention is: “That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior’s coming.”

The Apostleship of Prayer is responsible for the annual distribution of the pope’s prayer intentions for each month.

The group’s site offers the following reflections and Scripture readings as a guide:

Reflection
Why is it easier to see Christ in some children and not others? What helps me to see Christ in every child?

Scripture
Mark 10:13-16 Let the children come to me.

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Reflection
How do I prepare myself to receive Holy Communion? How does that preparation help my daily life to become “a prolonged Mass”?

Scripture
John 1:12-16 To those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God.

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Bookmark this page to have the list of papal prayer intentions for 2014 handy. Here is the list in Spanish.

 

 

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