POPE BENEDICT XVI'S GENERAL AND MISSION INTENTIONS FOR 2008
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General: The full visible Christian unity.
That the Church may strengthen her commitment to full visible unity in order to manifest in an ever growing degree her nature as community of love, in which is reflected the communion of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Mission: The Church in Africa.
That the Church in Africa, which is preparing to celebrate her second Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, may continue to be the sign and instrument of reconciliation and justice in a continent which is still marked by war, exploitation and poverty.
General: The mentally handicapped.
That the mentally handicapped may not be marginalized, but respected and lovingly helped to live in a way worthy of their physical and social condition.
Mission: The Institutes of Consecrated Life.
That the Institutes of Consecrated Life, which are so flourishing in mission countries, may rediscover the missionary dimension and, faithful to the radical choice of evangelical counsels, be generous in bearing witness to and announcing Christ to the ends of the earth.
General: The importance of forgiveness.
That the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation between persons and people may be understood and that the Church, through her testimony, may spread Christ's love, the source of new humanity.
Mission: The persecuted because of the Gospel.
That Christians, who are persecuted in many parts of the world and in various manners because of the Gospel, may continue, sustained by the strength of the Holy Spirit, to bear witness courageously and openly to the Word of God.
General: Christ's resurrection, source of hope and of peace.
That Christians, even in the difficult and complex situations of present-day society, may not tire of proclaiming with their lives that Christ's resurrection is the source of hope and of peace.
Mission: The future priests of the young Churches.
That the future priests of the young Churches may be constantly more formed culturally and spiritually to evangelize their nations and the whole world.
General: The values of the human person.
That Christians may use literature, art and the mass media to greater advantage in order to favour a culture which defends and promotes the values of the human person.
Mission: The Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles.
That the Virgin Mary, Star of evangelization and Queen of the Apostles, may still guide today with maternal affection the missionaries, both men and women, throughout the world, just as she accompanied the Apostles in the early stages of the Church.
General: Deep and personal friendship with Christ.
That all Christians may cultivate a deep and personal friendship with Christ, in order to be able to communicate the strength of his love to every person they meet.
Mission: The Eucharist, Heart of the Church.
That the International Eucharistic Congress of Quebec in Canada may lead to an ever greater understanding that the Eucharist is the heart of the Church and the source of evangelization.
General: Generous service to the Christian Community.
That there may be an increase in the number of those who, as volunteers, offer their services to the Christian Community with generous and prompt availability.
Mission: The World Youth Day.
That the World Youth Day held in Sidney, Australia, may awaken the fire of divine love in young people and make them sowers of hope for a new humanity.
General: Creation, the great gift of God.
That the human family may know how to respect God's design for the world and thus become ever more aware of the great gift of God which Creation represents for us.
Mission: Vocation to sanctity.
That the answer of the entire people of God to the common vocation to sanctity and mission may be promoted and fostered, with careful discernment of the charisms and a constant commitment to spiritual and cultural formation.
General: Defence and protection of refugees' rights.
That those who, because of wars or oppressive regimes, are forced to leave their homes and country may be supported by Christians in the defence and protection of their rights.
Mission: Christian family, an evangelizing community.
That, faithful to the sacrament of matrimony, every Christian family may cultivate the values of love and communion in order to be a small evangelizing community, sensitive and open to the material and spiritual needs of its brothers.
General: The Synod of Bishops.
That the Synod of Bishops may help the pastors and theologians, the catechists and promoters who are engaged in the service of the Word of God to courageously transmit the truth of faith in communion with the entire Church.
Mission: Participate in the Church's universal mission.
That in this month dedicated to the missions, through the promotional activities of the Pontifical Missionary Works and other organisms, every Christian Community may feel the need to participate in the Church's universal mission with prayer, sacrifice and concrete help.
General: Love to God and the neighbour.
That the testimony of love offered by the Saints may fortify Christians in their devotion to God and their neighbour, imitating Christ who came to serve and not to be served.
Mission: The Christian communities of Asia.
That the Christian communities of Asia, contemplating the face of Christ, may know how to find the most suitable ways to announce Him, in full faithfulness to the Gospel, to the peoples of that vast continent so rich in culture and ancient forms of spirituality.
General: The culture of life.
That, faced by the growing expansion of the culture of violence and death, the Church may courageously promote the culture of life through all her apostolic and missionary activities.
Mission: Gestures of brotherliness.
That, especially in mission Countries, Christians may show through gestures of brotherliness that the Child born in the grotto in Bethlehem is the luminous Hope of the world.
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