POPE BENEDICT XVI'S GENERAL AND MISSION INTENTIONS FOR 2013
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General: The Faith of Christians
That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Mission: Middle Eastern Christians
That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
General: Migrant Families
That migrant families, especially the mothers, may be supported and accompanied in their difficulties.
That the peoples at war and in conflict may lead the way in building a peaceful future.
General: Respect for Nature
That respect for nature may grow with the awareness that all creation is God’s work entrusted to human responsibility.
That bishops, priests, and deacons may be tireless messengers of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
General: Liturgy, source of life
That the public, prayerful celebration of faith may give life to the faithful.
Mission: Mission Churches
That mission churches may be signs and instruments of hope and resurrection.
General: Administrators of Justice
That administrators of justice may act always with integrity and right conscience.
That seminaries, especially those of mission Churches, may form pastors after the Heart of Christ, fully dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel.
General: Mutual Respect
That a culture of dialogue, listening, and mutual respect may prevail among peoples.
Mission: New Evangelization
That where secularization is strongest, Christian communities may effectively promote a new evangelization.
General: World Youth Day
That World Youth Day in Brazil may encourage all young Christians to become disciples and missionaries of the Gospel.
That throughout Asia doors may open to messengers of the Gospel.
General: Parents and Teachers
That parents and teachers may help the new generation to grow in upright conscience and life.
Mission: The Church in Africa
That the local Church in Africa, faithfully proclaiming the Gospel, may promote peace and justice.
General: Value of Silence
That people today, often overwhelmed by noise, may rediscover the value of silence and listen to the voice of God and their brothers and sisters.
Mission: Persecuted Christians
That Christians suffering persecution in many parts of the world may by their witness be prophets of Christ’s love.
General: People in Despair
That those feeling so crushed by life that they wish to end it may sense the nearness of God’s love.
Mission: World Mission Day
That the celebration of World Mission Day may help all Christians realize that we are not only receivers but proclaimers of God’s Word.
General: Suffering Priests
That priests who experience difficulties may find comfort in their suffering, support in their doubts, and confirmation in their fidelity.
Mission: Latin American Churches
That as fruit of the continental mission, Latin American Churches may send missionaries to other Churches.
General: Victimized Children
That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.
Mission: Prepare the Savior’s Coming.
That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior’s coming.
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