Praying with the Pope

Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network

This was previously known as the Apostleship of Prayer. It is the largest prayer-group in the church, active in 97 countries. We pray and work to meet the challenges of the world identified by the Pope in his monthly intentions, while walking a spiritual path called the “Way of the Heart.” Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Christ has been at the heart of our mission since our beginnings, over 175 years ago! Pope Benedict XVI began a review and renewal and it is now a “Pontifical Service” entrusted to the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) with canonical and Vatican legal status entity.

The service aims to share and spread the intentions of the Holy Father each month. As the largest prayer group in the Church, there is a Prayer Pathway, “a way of the heart, as a tool for shaping our hearts to become more like the heart of Christ, open in compassion for everyone and all of creation”.

Every First Friday, the network releases the monthly intention, presented by Pope Francis. There is a specific YouTube channel on which these are all available:

On the First Friday of each month the network releases a video in which Pope Francis personally presents his Intention for the month.