VATICAN-The Holy Father’s intentions for prayer, entrusted to the Apostleship of Prayer for the year 2013

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides)-The Holy Father’s intentions for prayer, entrusted to the Apostleship of Prayer for the year 2013 January General:That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him. Missionary:That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance. February General:That migrant families, especially the mothers, may be supported and accompanied in their difficulties. Missionary:People in Conflict. That the peoples at war and in conflict may lead the way in building a peaceful future. March General:That respect for nature may grow with the awareness that all creation is God’s work entrusted to human responsibility. Missionary:That bishops, priests, and deacons may be tireless messengers of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. April General:That the public, prayerful celebration of faith may give life to the faithful. Missionary:That mission churches may be signs and instruments of hope and resurrection. May General:That administrators of justice may act always with integrity and right conscience. Missionary:That seminaries, especially those of mission Churches, may form pastors after the Heart of Christ, fully dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel. June General:That a culture of dialogue, listening, and mutual respect may prevail among peoples. Missionary:That where secularization is strongest, Christian communities may effectively promote a new evangelization. July General:That World Youth Day in Brazil may encourage all young Christians to become disciples and missionaries of the Gospel. Missionary:That throughout Asia doors may open to messengers of the Gospel. August General:That parents and teachers may help the new generation to grow in upright conscience and life. Missionary:That the local Church in Africa, faithfully proclaiming the Gospel, may promote peace and justice. September General:That people today, often overwhelmed by noise, may rediscover the value of silence and listen to the voice of God and their brothers and sisters. Missionary:That Christians suffering persecution in many parts of the world may by their witness be prophets of Christ’s love. October General:That those feeling so crushed by life that they wish to end it may sense the nearness of God’s love. Missionary:That the celebration of World Mission Day may help all Christians realize that we are not only receivers but proclaimers of God’s Word. November General:That priests who experience difficulties may find comfort in their suffering, support in their doubts, and confirmation in their fidelity. Missionary:That as fruit of the continental mission, Latin American Churches may send missionaries to other Churches. December General:That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need. Missionary:That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior’s coming. From the Vatican, 16 December 2011. (Agenzia Fides 13/01/2012)