Every month, Pope Francis asks Catholics all over the world to remember special people in their prayers. These prayer request and intentions of the Holy Father change from month to month.
By adhering to this Catholic prayer request, Catholics all over the world can continue to grow and develop their relationship with God through the guidance of Pope Francis. Although you can opt to follow the words of Pope Francis, keep in mind that you can always incorporate your own prayer request into the intentions that the Holy Father has put forth.
We will print and place your prayer request on the Stone of Anointing; the place where Christ’ body was laid down after being removed from the crucifix and prepared for burial.
Holy Father Prayer Intentions 2022: January
For the month of January 2022, the prayer intentions of the Holy Father are for true human fraternity. This holy prayer intention revolves around the premise that there should not be religion discrimination or persecution anywhere in the world.
February Prayer Intentions of the Holy Father
For the month of February, the Holy Father prayer intentions revolve around requesting that Catholics say daily prayers for the religious sisters and consecrated women. The Holy Father announced this intention with a special message which states:
“This month, we will pray in a special way for religious sisters and consecrated women. What would the Church be without religious sisters and consecrated laywomen? The Church cannot be understood without them. I encourage all consecrated women to discern and choose what is best for their mission in the face of the world’s challenges that we’re experiencing. I exhort them to keep working and to have an impact with the poor, with the marginalized, with all those who are enslaved by traffickers; I especially ask them to make an impact on this. And let us pray that they may show the beauty of God’s love and compassion as catechists, theologians, and spiritual guides. I invite them to fight when, in some cases, they are treated unfairly, even within the Church; when they serve so much that they are reduced to servitude – at times, by men of the Church. Do not be discouraged. May you keep making God’s goodness known through the apostolic works you do. But above all through your witness of consecration. Let us pray for religious sisters and consecrated women, thanking them for their mission and their courage; may they continue to find new responses to the challenges of our times. Thank you for what you are, for what you do, and for how you do it.”
Holy Father Prayer Intentions: March
March’s prayer intentions of the Holy Father revolve around the hope that more people will attend the holy sacrament of reconciliation. He began the month by stating:
When I go to confession, it is in order to be healed, to heal my soul.
To leave with greater spiritual health. To pass from misery to mercy.
The center of confession is not the sins we declare, but the divine love we receive, of which we are always in need.
The center of confession is Jesus who waits for us, who listens to us and forgives us.
Remember this: In the heart of God, we come before our mistakes.
And let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the forgiveness and infinite mercy of God. And let us pray that God may give his Church merciful priests and not torturers.
By incorporating a prayer request for forgiveness into your daily prayers, you are demonstrating the fact that you are open to the change and healing light that comes along with reconciliation.
Prayer Intentions of the Holy Father 2022: April
The focus of prayer intentions of the Holy Father for the month of April revolves around health care workers who have a special focus on the elderly. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s only fitting that the Pope Francis demonstrates that his special prayers for this month revolve around those that go the extra mile to aid not only the elderly but those that are in the poorest countries and need the most help.
May Prayer Intentions of the Holy Father
On May 2, 2022, Pope Francis announced that May prayer intentions of the Holy Father. These holy intentions were announced with the following statement:
In his prayer intentions for May 2022, Pope Francis, prays for faith-filled young people – We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.
June Prayer Intentions of the Holy Father
Pope Francis announced that the June prayer intentions of the Holy Father would revolve around families. Although Pope Francis admits in his prayer intentions that there is no such thing as a perfect family, he goes on to say “The family is the place where we learn to live with one another, to live with young people and with those who are older. And by being united in our differences—young people, the elderly, adults, children—we evangelize with our example of life.”
As part of his prayer intentions, Pope Francis highlighted, “Let us pray for Christian families around the world. May each and every family embody and experience unconditional love and advance in holiness in their daily lives.”
These prayers for children are important in our everyday lives because they will provide the spiritual foundation that these young people need to develop their faith. As a result, they should be in our prayers not only during this month of May but every month.
July Prayer Intentions of the Holy Father
The July prayer intentions of the Holy Father are for the elderly in our world. One of the leading reasons why the July prayer intentions of the Holy Father revolves around this group of special individuals is due to the fact that they are considered to be the most vulnerable. The elderly in our life are categorized as being people of wisdom and people that we can learn from throughout our life. Pope Francis is quoted as saying, “Let us pray for the elderly, that they may become teachers of tenderness so that their experience and wisdom may help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility.”
Pope Prayer Intentions 2022: August
For the month of August, the prayer intentions of the Holy Father revolve around small businesses. Particularly in this time of economic crisis, the Holy Father asks that we continue to pray for small and medium sized businesses so that they can continue to serve their community and operate in a way that continues to promote God’s glory and help every individual that they reach.
September Pope Prayer Intentions 2022
In the month of September, Pope Francis 2022 intentions revolve around an end to the death penalty. As part of the pope’s prayer intentions for 2022 for September, Pope Francis also included this special prayer:
“Each day, there is a growing “NO” to the death penalty around the world. For the Church, this is a sign of hope. From a legal point of view, it is not necessary. Society can effectively repress crime without definitively depriving the offenders of the possibility of redeeming themselves. Always, in every legal sentence, there must be a window of hope. Capital punishment offers no justice to victims, but rather encourages revenge. And it prevents any possibility of undoing a possible miscarriage of justice. Additionally, the death penalty is morally inadmissible, for it destroys the most important gift we have received: life. Let us not forget that, up to the very last moment, a person can convert and change. And in the light of the Gospel, the death penalty is unacceptable. The commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” refers to both the innocent and the guilty. I, therefore, call on all people of goodwill to mobilize for the abolition of the death penalty throughout the world. Let us pray that the death penalty, which attacks the dignity of the human person, may be legally abolished in every country.”
October Pope Prayer Intentions 2022
For October 2022, the pope prayer intentions revolves around making the Catholic church open to everyone. There are many people who don’t understand the Catholic faith and feel as though the church is something that is unapproachable. Pope Francis’s October prayer intentions for 2022, revolve around the fact that he wants to have the church be more open and accessible to any person who may be interested in learning more about God’s kindness and forgiveness.
November Prayer Intentions of the Holy Father
For November 2022, the Holy Father is requesting that Catholics around the world pray for children that are suffering. In a series of remarks that were released on November 1st as part of the November prayer intentions of Pope Francis, he stated:
“There are still millions of boys and girls who suffer and live in conditions very similar to slavery. They aren’t numbers, they are human beings with names, with a face of their own, with an identity that God has given them.”
“Let us pray for children who are suffering, especially for those who are homeless, orphans, and victims of war.”
December Prayer Intentions of the Holy Father
As his final prayer intention for the month of December, Pope Francis asked that all people pray for those who volunteer.
“The world needs volunteers and organizations committed to seeking the common good. Yes, this is a word that many today would like to erase: “commitment.” And the world needs volunteers who commit to the common good. Being a volunteer who helps others is a choice that makes us free; it opens us to other people’s needs —to the demands of justice, to the defense of the poor, to the care of creation. It means being artisans of mercy: with our hands, with our eyes, with an attentive ear, with our closeness. And being a volunteer means working with the people you serve. Not just for the people, but with the people. Working with the people. The work of volunteer not-for-profit organizations is much more effective when they collaborate with each other and with governments. By working together, however few resources they have, they do their best and make the miracle of the multiplication of hope a reality. We have a great need to multiply hope! Let us pray that volunteer non-profit and human development organizations may find people willing to commit themselves to the common good and ceaselessly seek out new paths of international cooperation.”
How Do I Pray for the Intentions of the Holy Father?
There are several ways that you can include the prayer intentions of the pope into your everyday prayer routine. Here are some helpful recommendations:
- Bring the intention to your prayer group
There are countless Catholics all over the world who come together in prayer groups to pray for a number of different things. In addition to a prayer for protection or Catholic prayers for healing, you can ask those in your prayer group to pray for the special intentions of the Holy Father for that month.
- Make special time before bed
At the end of a long and stressful day, there is nothing more comforting than settling into bed and reconnecting with God in night prayers. Once you climb into bed and before you fall asleep, you can say a prayer for thank you that God was able to navigate you safely through your day. This is also an excellent time to include not only the prayer intentions of the Holy Father but also to pray for Him in the hopes that he will continue to lead Catholics all over the world in a way that is pleasing to God.
- Go to adoration
Adoration is a special time where you can say prayers to Jesus. There are many churches all over the world that offer adoration time in their church or they have a chapel on the grounds that is specifically dedicated to adoration. Whether you only have a few minutes during your day or you opt to spend an hour at adoration, making the commitment to go is a wonderful way that you can add the prayer intentions of the Holy Father into your prayer request.
How Do I Get Prayers from the Pope?
Although you may pray in earnest for the Holy Father prayer intentions for 2022, one of the popular questions that Catholics around the world have revolves around, “How do I get prayers from the Pope?”.
It’s important to remember that as part of the intentions for the Holy Father 2022, he includes each one of us in a unique way in his prayer intentions. Whether you are elderly or you own a small business, the Holy Father prayer intentions for 2022 includes every single one of us. Therefore, it’s important that we keep this in mind. The pope’s prayer intentions are special for each one of us which means that we should always include his special prayer intentions into our regular prayers as well.