Video messages of pope's prayer intentions will hit social media

By Carol Glatz

CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will deliver his monthly prayer intentions on video over
social media as part of a Jesuit-run global prayer network.

new video messages, featuring the pope asking for prayers and action on various
challenges facing the world today, will begin Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany
of the Lord.

people are inundated with so much bad news that they might feel helpless, but
“to pray together with Pope Francis for these challenges will us help a
lot,” Jesuit Father Frederic Fornos told Vatican Radio Jan. 4.

Jesuit priest is the head of the international Apostleship of Prayer, a
Jesuit-run outreach that has given Catholics the pope’s monthly prayer
intentions since 1890.

with the Vatican Television Center, the apostleship will launch the monthly
videos of the pope’s universal prayer intentions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
and YouTube.

the pope will speak in Spanish, the videos will have subtitles for a total of 10
languages, Father Fornos said.

Francis’ general prayer intentions for 2016 will include: greater care for
creation; more support for families in difficulty; just compensation for small farmers;
greater respect for women and indigenous peoples; helping sports contribute to
peace; encouraging journalists to respect truth and be more ethical; greater
support for countries that take in refugees; and an end to the use of child

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