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The Pope`s Prayer Intentions for 2016

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January

Universal:  Interreligious Dialogue - That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.

EvangelizationChristian Unity- That by means of dialogue and fraternal charity and with the grace of the Holy Spirit, Christians may overcome divisions.

February

UniversalCare for Creation - That we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations.

EvangelizationAsia - That opportunities may increase for dialogue and encounter between the Christian faith and the peoples of Asia.

March

Universal: Families in Difficulty - That families in need may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments.

EvangelizationPersecuted Christians - That those Christians who, on account of their faith, are discriminated against or are being persecuted, may remain strong and faithful to the Gospel, thanks to the incessant prayer of the Church.

April

UniversalSmall Farmers - That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.

EvangelizationAfrican Christians - That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.

May

Universal: Respect for Women - That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.

Evangelization: Holy Rosary - That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.

June

Universal: Human Solidarity - That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find–even within the huge cities of the world–opportunities for encounter and solidarity.

EvangelizationSeminarians and Novices - That seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.

July

Universal: Indigenous Peoples - That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect.

EvangelizationLatin America and the Caribbean - That the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. 

August

Universal: Sports - That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.

Evangelization: Living the Gospel - That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.

September

Universal: Centrality of the Human Person - That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.

Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize - That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.

October

Universal: Journalists - That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.

Evangelization: World Mission Day - That World Mission Day may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it.

November

Universal: Countries Receiving Refugees - That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity. 

Evangelization: Collaboration of Priests and Laity - That within parishes, priests and lay people may collaborate in service to the community without giving in to the temptation of discouragement.

December

Universal: End to Child-Soldiers - That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.

Evangelization: Europe - That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.

As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister." 

 



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