Pope Francis in January will be praying for Christian unity, that Christians will strive together to meet the challenges facing humanity.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity falls in January, concluding on the Jan. 25 feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. This year’s theme for the week will be “Reconciliation: The Love of Christ Compels Us (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-20).”
The Pope’s intention for January was announced by the Apostleship of Prayer.
The January intention in full is: “That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.”
This is the only monthly prayer intention thus far released, as Pope Francis has decided to make a change to the practice of having two monthly prayer intentions established beforehand for each month.
Instead, the Apostleship of Prayer announced, “Starting in 2017 the Pope will present only one prepared prayer intention per month, rather than the two presented before this year. He plans, however, to add a second prayer intention each month related to current events or urgent needs, like disaster relief. The urgent prayer request will help mobilize prayer and action related to the urgent situation. The Apostleship of Prayer will publish these urgent prayer intentions on this website as soon as we receive them from the Vatican.”