1917 was not an easy year for the world. The nations were in the midst of the largest and most horrific conflict the world had yet seen: World War I. The present—and the future—looked bleak.
Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for May 2016 is that "women may be honored and respected" around the world.
Prayer for March 2016: Families in Difficulty and Persecuted Christians
Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for July 2016 is that "That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect."
We're so happy that Pope Francis has begun releasing video prayer intentions. May this new media effort help the Holy Father reach even more people with his message of mercy and fraternity. We're glad to share this month's video with you here:
Prayer for February 2016: Care for Creation and Encounter in Asia Universal
Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for February 2016 is "that we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations".
Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for April 2016 is that "small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor."