Praying for the Pope in August

Published on 01 Aug 2021
A person holding a bible to the sky while light streams down.

The Church

Let us pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.

Pope Francis, August 2021

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Three Proposals for this month:

1. Think and pray over what reform “in the light of the Gospel” might mean, from your own experience of the Church. Be open to questioning some of your own assumptions; ask the Holy Spirit to reveal anything that might have gone unchallenged. Let the Trinity’s gaze fall on you as you do this.

2. Think over and pray about what you mean when you talk about “The Church”. Is it still, for you, the name we give to the institution and the mechanism of the church, based in Rome and in the cathedrals and diocesan offices around the world, and maybe in the sacristies of our church buildings?  Or is it, as the Second Vatican Council discerned, the entire People of God, united in praise, worship and the infinite mystery of God, who continues to seek out each one of us? Look again at the Council’s documents and ponder how we are living out our vocations to be church to and in the world.

3. The Climate Sunday initiative is calling on all local churches across Britain & Ireland to hold a climate-focused service on any Sunday before COP26 (November 2021). So far over 1,000 churches have joined in. Could your church add its voice this year? Discuss the proposal with everyone in your parish, chaplaincy or worshipping community; speak to your leaders and pastors to explore how this call could be taken up where you are. Visit for more information and further suggestions.