Pope Francis in January will be praying for support for persecuted Christians.
The Pope’s intention for March was announced by the Apostleship of Prayer.
The March intention in full is: “Support for persecuted Christians: that persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.”
This is the only monthly prayer intention released, as Pope Francis this year decided to make a change to the practice of having two monthly prayer intentions established beforehand for each month.
At the end of last year, 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.”