His holiness, Pope Francis, has chosen the following intentions to be prayed in 2017.
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.
Comfort for the Afflicted
That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.
Support for Persecuted Christians
That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.
That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.
Christians in Africa
That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.
That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.
That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.
That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.
That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.
Workers and the Unemployed
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
Christians in Asia
That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.
That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.