Prayer Intentions of the Holy Father
entrusted to the Apostleship of Prayer for the Year 2014
Economic Development. That all may promote authentic economic development
that respects the dignity of all peoples.
Christian Unity. That Christians of diverse denominations may walk toward
the unity desired by Christ.
Elders. That the Church and society may respect the wisdom and experience of older people.
Collaboration in Evangelization. That priests, religious, and lay people
may work together with generosity for evangelization.
Respect for Women. That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations. That many young people may accept the Lord’s invitation to consecrate
their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
Ecology and Justice. That governments may foster the protection of creation
and the just distribution of natural resources.
Hope for the Sick. That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those
who are being tested by pain and sickness.
Media. That the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace.
Mary’s Guidance. That Mary, Star of Evangelization, may guide the Church in
proclaiming Christ to all nations.
Unemployed. That the unemployed may receive support and find the work they need to live in dignity.
Faith in Europe. That Europe may rediscover its Christian roots through the witness of believers.
Sports. That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay missionaries. That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim
the Gospel in the poorest countries.
Refugees. That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find
a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania. That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the
people of that region.
Mentally disabled. That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help
they need for a dignified life.
Service to the poor. That Christians, inspired by the Word of God,
may serve the poor and suffering.
Peace. That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most
battered by war and violence.
World Mission Day. That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer
zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.
Lonely people. That all who suffer loneliness may experience the
closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious. That young seminarians and
religious may have wise and well‐formed mentors.
Christmas, hope for humanity. That the birth of the Redeemer may bring
peace and hope to all people of good will.
Parents. That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to
their children the precious gift of faith.
From the Vatican, 1 February 2013
Benedictus PP XVI