The Pope’s Prayer Network: that’s the new name in 2017 for the Apostleship of Prayer. It’s still the same AoP that many friends of the Jesuits have known for a long time. It’s an international apostolic service entrusted by the Holy See to the Jesuits. It still has at its heart the devotion to the Heart of Christ, a heart open to all the concerns that face humanity; devotion to the Sacred Heart first inspired the Apostleship of Prayer. Now, there is even more emphasis on being the personal prayer network of the Holy Father. Pope Francis has taken a keen personal interest in the Network/AoP and always encourages us to make his intentions ours, too.
As part of the Pope’s Global Prayer Network, we link our personal prayer to the Holy Fathers’ intentions. He calls us each month to prayer and reflection on one specific intention.
Some months, that’s a “Universal Intention” for the whole world, about the challenges facing humanity. In other months it’s an “Evangelisation Intention”, for the spread of the Gospel.
We have new ways for our prayer and reflection, such as the Pope Video each month and our Click-to-Pray website and app, which proposes a new offering prayer each day, a prayer-wall on which we can share our prayer-requests and other useful features. Praying for the Holy Father’s intentions, and for each others’, helps us to look outside of ourselves and open our hearts – in other words, to become apostolic, to become those “Missionary Disciples” that Pope Francis always encourages us to be.