Since the nineteenth century, popes have asked the Apostleship of Prayer to pray for specific intentions. Two prayer intentions are requested each month from the Holy Father, a general intention and a mission intention. Let us join the Apostleship of Prayer’s dedication to pray for these intentions each day. Pope Benedict XVI’s November prayer intentions are:
General Intention – Eastern Catholic Churches: That the Eastern Catholic Churches and their venerable traditions may be known and esteemed as a spiritual treasure for the whole Church.
We often think of the Roman Catholic Church as the only Catholic Church, but in fact there are 21 other Churches that are just as Catholic as the Roman Church. Some of them, with their roots in the Holy Land, go back further than the Church of Rome. These are the Eastern Catholic Churches. Their traditional structures and liturgies differ from those of the Roman Catholic Church.
Mission Intention – Justice and Reconciliation in Africa: That the African continent may find strength in Christ to pursue justice and reconciliation as set forth by the Second Synod of African Bishops.
The 2009 special Synod of African Bishops meeting in Rome took as its theme: “The Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace.” Pope Benedict asks us to pray this month that the graces of that Synod may spread throughout Africa.
Visit Apostleship of Prayer for deeper reflection, Scripture reading, and resources on these monthly intentions.