POPE’S INTENTIONS 2018

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“PRAYER IS A VITAL ACT OF FAITH” – CARD. JOHN HENRY NEWMAN.


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* JANUARY

Evangelization: Religious Minorities in Asia That Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practise their faith in full freedom.

* FEBRUARY

Universal: Say “No” to Corruption That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.

* MARCH

Evangelization: Formation in Spiritual Discernment That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.

* APRIL

Universal: For Those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.

* MAY

Evangelization: The Mission of the Laity That the lay faithful may fulfil their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.

* JUNE

Universal: Social Networks That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.

* JULY

Evangelization: Priests and their Pastoral Ministry That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.

* AUGUST

Universal: The treasure of Families That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.

* SEPTEMBER

Universal: Young People in Africa That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.

* OCTOBER

Evangelization: The Mission of Religious That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.

* NOVEMBER

Universal: In the Service of Peace That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.

* DECEMBER

Evangelization: In the Service of the Transmission of Faith That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.

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THE COAT OF ARMS OF POPE FRANCIS AND ITS MOTTO

The motto of Pope Francis is taken from a passage from the venerable Bede, Homily 21 (CCL 122, 149-151), on the Feast of Matthew, which reads: Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum, et quia miserando atque eligendo vidit, ait illi, ‘Sequere me’. [Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, ‘follow me’.]

This homily is a tribute to Divine Mercy and is read during the Liturgy of the Hours on the Feast of St Matthew. This has particular significance in the life and spirituality of the Pope. In fact, on the Feast of St Matthew in 1953, the young Jorge Bergoglio experienced, at the age of 17, in a very special way, the loving presence of God in his life. Following confession, he felt his heart touched and he sensed the descent of the Mercy of God, who with a gaze of tender love, called him to religious life, following the example of St Ignatius of Loyola.

Once he had been ordained a Bishop, H.E. Mons. Bergoglio, in memory of this event that signified the beginning of his total consecration to God in His Church, chose, as his motto and as his programme of life, the words of St Bede: miserando atque eligendo. This he has chosen to keep in his papal coat of arms.

CREDIT: LIBRERIA EDITRICE VATICANA.