- Jan 15, 2021
In his prayer video for the month of May, Pope Francis said laypeople are on the “front lines” of the Church’s life and activities, and asked Catholics of all states and vocations to pray for the laity and their mission.
In his prayer video for March, Pope Francis asked for prayers that Christians be better educated to discern between the voices of the “culture of death” and the voice of God, calling them to carry out his mission in the world.
Pope Francis has kicked off the new year by shedding light on the plight of persecuted religious minorities in Asia, asking that Catholics join him in praying for these people and for religious freedom in their countries.
The pope’s monthly prayer intention for March is dedicated to persecuted Christians, who around the world face daily threats of physical violence because of their religious beliefs. An estimated 200 million Christians are believed to be at risk of physical violence, arrest, torture and death.
In his December prayer video, Pope Francis focused on putting an end to the phenomenon of child-soldiers, which he called a form of slavery. “In this world, which has developed the most sophisticated technologies, weapons are sold that end up in the hands of child-soldiers,” he says.