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Pope releases monthly prayer intentions in video for first time

Pope Francis released his prayer intentions for January in a video.
Pope Francis released his prayer intentions for January in a video.
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For the first time, the pope released his monthly prayer intentions in a video.

“Most of the planet’s inhabitants declare themselves believers,” said Pope Francis in the video posted Jan. 6. “This should lead to dialogue among religions. We should not stop praying for it and collaborating with those who think differently.”

The monthly prayer intention videos are released through the Apostleship of Prayer, a Jesuit organization. Grace Mazza Urbanski, director of the Children’s Ministry at the Apostleship of Prayer, wrote a blog post about the release of the video on the organization’s website.

“Starting with Leo XIII in 1890, every pope has entrusted his own personal prayer intentions of the Apostleship of Prayer,” she wrote. “Our job is to make sure everyone who wants to pray with the Pope knows exactly what is on his heart.”

USA Today reported that the monthly videos will be distributed on various social media platforms and on the Apostleship of Prayer’s app.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Lindsey Williams writes for the the Faith and Family sections of DeseretNews.com