Unite with Christians throughout the world in praying for the pope’s monthly prayer intentions.
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 April 2012 prayer intentions are:
General Intention – Vocations: That many young people may hear the call of Christ and follow him in the priesthood and religious life.
During the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI initiated the World Day of Prayer for Vocations to be celebrated annually on the 4th Sunday of Easter, known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” This year we are celebrating the forty-ninth such day on April 29.
Mission Intention – Christ, Hope for Africans: That the risen Christ may be a sign of certain hope for the men and women of the African continent.
What kind of hope does Christ’s resurrection give us? At Easter the risen Christ gives us hope for our own resurrection. That blessed hope, however, involves something on our part. Yes, Christ is risen and has blazed a trail for us, but now it is up to us to cooperate with God’s grace and follow that path to heaven. Africa has been called a continent of hope.
Visit Apostleship of Prayer for deeper reflection, Scripture reading, and resources on these monthly intentions.