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Pope Francis revealed his monthly prayer intentions for 2023.

The Pope asks the faithful to offer a specific prayer intention each month of the year. We pray for the Holy Father’s intentions because he represents Christ on earth. As Catholics, Christ calls us to honor him and his leadership of the Church.

Pope Francis may also request additional intentions for current events. He asked his Worldwide Prayer Network to publish and distribute these prayer intentions.

Note: ChurchPOP will update this article regularly with a new prayer and video of the month.

Here’s Pope Francis’ monthly intentions for 2023:

January – For educators 

“We pray that educators may be credible witnesses, teaching fraternity rather than competition, and helping the youngest and most vulnerable above all.”

Prayer of the Month:

Lord God, your spirit of wisdom fills the earth
and teaches us your ways.
Look upon all teachers.
Let them strive to share
their knowledge with gentle patience
and endeavor always to bring the truth to eager minds.
Grant that they may follow Jesus Christ,
the way, the truth, and the life, forever and ever.


Pope’s January Video:

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February – For parishes

“We pray that parishes, placing communion at the center, may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome towards those most in need.”

Pope’s February video:

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March – For victims of abuse

“We pray for those who have suffered harm from members of the Church; may they find within the Church herself a concrete response to their pain and suffering.”

April – For a culture of peace and non-violence

“We pray for the spread of peace and non-violence, by decreasing the use of weapons by states and citizens.”

May – For Church movements and groups

“We pray that Church movements and groups may rediscover their mission of evangelization each day, placing their own charisms at the service of needs in the world.”

June –  For the abolition of torture

“We pray that the international community may commit in a concrete way to ensuring the abolition of torture and guarantee support to victims and their families.”

July – For a Eucharistic life

“We pray that Catholics may place the celebration of the Eucharist at the heart of their lives, transforming human relationships in a very deep way and opening to the encounter with God and all their brothers and sisters.”

August – For World Youth Day

“We pray the World Youth Day in Lisbon will help young people to live and witness the Gospel in their own lives.”

September – For people living on the margins

“We pray for those persons living on the margins of society, in inhumane life conditions; may they not be overlooked by institutions and never considered of lesser importance.”

October – For the Synod

“We pray for the Church, that she may adopt listening and dialogue as a lifestyle at every level, and allow herself to be guided by the Holy Spirit towards the peripheries of the world.”

November – For the Pope

“We pray for the Holy Father; as he fulfills his mission, may he continue to accompany the flock entrusted to him, with the help of the Holy Spirit.”

December – For persons with disabilities 

“We pray that people living with disabilities may be at the center of attention in society, and that institutions may offer inclusive programs which value their active participation.”

USCCB’s Prayer for Pope Francis

O God, shepherd and ruler of all the faithful,
look favorably on your servant Francis,
whom you have set at the head of your Church as her shepherd;

Grant, we pray, that by word and example
he may be of service to those over whom he presides
so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care,
he may come to everlasting life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the
unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


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