Praying with the pope in January

Published on 02 Jan 2019
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Young People and the Example of Mary

That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.

Pope Francis, January 2019

Read the reflection

Proposals for the month, if you live outside of Latin America:

  • Participate in World Youth Day, or accompany this event in prayer, especially through the prayer of the Rosary for Peace, promoted by Click to Pray.
  • Conduct a meeting of the pastoral leaders of the community, inviting young people to reflect together on their concrete participation in the life of the community.
  • Throughout this month, try to be a proclaimer of the joy of the Gospel with those who need it most, in their own environments, family, friendship and work.


Father of kindness,

I thank you for the enthusiasm and joy of young people. In them I find their capacity to dream, idealism and the strength to make this world a more peaceful and just place. Pour out your Holy Spirit on our communities, so that they may be meeting places between several generations, united in communion with you, celebrating your presence among us.May the enthusiasm of young people be, in your Church, the motive of a new missionary spirit, marked by joy, especially among those who need it most, the poorest, the most disadvantaged, those who have lost hope.

During this month, I pray for the young people who will participate in World Youth Day in Panama and for the fruits, for the Church, of this great meeting.