Pope Francis prays for Christian unity to help those most in need
In its first edition for 2017, the January The Pope Video, “Christians serving the challenges facing humanity,” seeks to motivate believers to work together to serve the neediest among us. The Pope invited to join his Worldwide Prayer Network.
(Vatican, January 9, 2017).- The January 2017 release of the 13th The Pope Video marks the beginning of a second series of monthly videos on the Church’s mission and the challenges facing humanity. The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network this month presents “Christians serving the challenges facing humanity,” in which Pope Francis asks that full ecclesial communion be restored in order to serve the challenges facing humanity.
“This desire to walk together, to collaborate in service and in solidarity with the weakest and with those who suffer, is a source of joy for us all. Join your voice to mine,” Pope Francis says, calling believers to Christian action in charity.
The pope’s intentions are entrusted each month to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, with the goal of increasing awareness of the concerns that most need our prayers. Since it first appeared in 2016, The Pope Video has been viewed almost 13 million times, and has been the subject of some 4,000 articles, in 10 languages, in the international press.
According to the official statistics of the Vatican’s Annuario Pontificio, 31% of the world’s population is Christian, and 17.7% of this percentage is comprised of Catholics.
“It is through faith and witness, in our concrete daily lives, that we manifest the desire for Christian unity. The search for paths leading to unity is urgent, Francis says. Joining together in prayer and works of charity to serve the great challenges facing this world is the best response we can give to the Lord Jesus, when he prayed to the Father with all his heart and left to us his last testament: ‘May they all be one. As you, Father, are in Me and I in Thee, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me’ (John 17: 21),” said Father Frédéric Fornos, SJ, International Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and its youth branch, the Eucharistic Youth Movement.
In the Angelus on Sunday 8, the Pope invited all “to join the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, which even through social networks, spreads the prayer intentions that I propose every month to the whole Church. In this way, the Apostolate of Prayer continues to carry on and increases communion”.
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About The Pope Video
The Pope Video is a global initiative developed by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) to disseminate the monthly intentions of the Holy Father concerning the challenges facing humanity. The videos seek to unite people in praying with Pope Francis for those challenges. The Project has the support of the Vatican Television Center (CTV), sole owner of the rights. For more information: http://www.thepopevideo.org.
About the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer)
For over a century, the Apostleship of Prayer has been publishing to the world the prayer intentions entrusted to them by popes. Now, in its process of recreation, the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network emphasizes its role of communicating the prayer intentions and leveraging new media and tools. Its mission is to unite people in prayer and service in response to the challenges facing humanity which the Holy Father expresses in his monthly intentions. Those who participate in this network are encouraged to become apostles in daily life through a spiritual path called “Way of the Heart,” transforming those who take that path in the service of the mission of Jesus Christ. Founded in 1844 and present in over 100 countries, the Apostleship of Prayer unites more than 35 million people in its network, including its youth branch, the Eucharistic Youth Movement. For more information: http://www.popesprayer.net/.
About La Machi
The Pope Video is an idea of La Machi, a creative boutique specializing in communication to advance good causes founded in 2012, with offices in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, and Rome. Its mission is to help companies, NGOs, and religious institutions communicate their philanthropic purposes. It specializes in strategic communication, creative advertising, digital development, and fundraising. La Machi has been recognized as a “Friend of Project Red” (RIIAL) and won the 2015 & the 2016 Mercury Prize for Best International SME of Marketing, awarded by the Argentinian Association of Marketing. For more information: http://www.lamachi.com/en.
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