The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, an initiative of the Jesuit-run Apostleship of Prayer, has released this month’s Pope’s video to support persecuted Christians around the world through prayers and material help.
In the video, Pope Francis speaks of persecuted Christians as we see a line-up of people being arrested, displaying signs of ‘Protestant,’ ‘Catholic,’ and ‘Orthodox’. “Those who persecute them,” he says, “make no distinction between the religious communities to which they belong.” Furthermore, on the one hand we see scenes of destroyed churches and a fallen cross, and on the other hand we see children and adults in prayer and material support from a food bank. We hear inspirational music as His Holiness invites us to join with him.
The initiative assists in the dissemination of the Holy Father’s monthly intentions related to the challenges the humanity faces. Translated into nine languages, videos include ‘Interreligious Dialogue’, ‘Small Farmers’, ‘Indigenous Peoples’, ‘Journalists’, ‘End to Child-Soldiers’, and ‘Welcome the Needy’.
Every month you may accompany Pope Francis in his prayer requests. You can get involved by joining the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network in your own country; downloading materials to spread the word; and donating. You can access this month’s video along with information on how to get involved through The Pope Video website.