WHAT IS THE POPE’S WORLDWIDE PRAYER NETWORK?

The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network engages the challenges facing humanity and the mission of the Church. Those challenges are expressed in the monthly prayer intentions of the Pope.
It is an ecclesial service of the Holy See entrusted by the Pope under the care of the Society of Jesus.

An Ecclesial Prayer Network. We invite everyone to pray for and act upon the challenges of humanity and the mission of the Church identified by the Pope in his monthly intentions. These prayer intentions are a key for our prayer and mission.

A mission of compassion for the world. We invite everyone to be apostles in daily life through a spiritual path called the “Way of the Heart”, a way which transforms our way of being of service to the mission of the Church. The spirituality of the Heart of Jesus is our foundation.

Pope Francis said: “I would also like to invite you to join in the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, which spreads, also through social networks, the prayer intentions I propose for the Church each month. In this way, the Apostleship of Prayer moves forward and communion grows” – Angelus – January 8, 2017

The Apostleship of Prayer was founded in 1844 in France. In 1866 its first statutes were approved by Pope Pius IX, and in 1896 they were reviewed and reapproved by Pope Leo XIII. He joined himself to this network of prayer and entrusted it to the Society of Jesus. In 1951 Pope Pius XII approved new statues. The latest statutes were approved by Pope Francis on March 27, 2018, established the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (including the Eucharistic Youth Movement) as a pontifical work, with its legal headquarters in the Vatican City State.
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network – 98 countries – 35 million Catholics. The Eucharistic Youth Movement (EYM) —our youth branch – is present in 59 countries – with 1.6 million children and youth (5-25 years of age)

For more information visit www.popesprayer.va

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