Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Sunday 26 September |
Saint of the Day: Sts Cosmas and Damian
home iconChurch
line break icon

Pope’s July intention: For families

Aleteia - published on 07/02/20

That the State will protect them and that the Church will accompany and guide them.

In this month’s Pope Video presenting his prayer intention for July, Pope Francis emphasizes the difficult moments that today’s families are experiencing —marked by the stress of a world in crisis— and presents his prayer that they “may be accompanied with love, respect, and guidance.”

The prayer intention is entrusted to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (including the Eucharistic Youth Movement – EYM) every month.

For July, his prayer is for families, and especially that they will be protected in these difficult times.

Pope Francis asks that States protect them and that they “may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance” by the Church.

Immersed in a culture where there is little time and where digital connection often replaces human affection, many families feel isolated and suffer in silence. In times of crisis, moreover, where the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic are still visible —marked by the losses of jobs or difficulties in making a living— it becomes more evident that neither individuals nor society can do without families. That is why States need to promote policies that protect them.

Pope Audience

Read more:
Pope Francis: For humanity, there aren’t “diverse” families

The Pope Video points out that these situations are, among others, “the many dangers” that the family faces today. And there are also issues of daily living: “Sometimes, parents forget to play with their children.”

This is why Pope Francis insists on the need of the Church “to encourage families and stay at their side, helping them to discover ways that allow them to overcome all of these difficulties.”

Fr. Frédéric Fornos S.J., International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, observed:

We know that in many parts of the world the effects of the pandemic are still being felt. There are many families in need, and uncertain about their present and future employment. In the face of all the unease and diseases of our world, how are they accompanied?

The Holy Father also reminds us that ‘the family is the foundation of society and it remains the most suitable structure for ensuring for people the integral good necessary for their continuing development.’


Read more:
How Mass helps me play better with my children

And in his appeal to States to protect them, he stresses once again that families are not simply a private matter, but a social fact. Today, families need to be supported, strengthened, ‘accompanied with love, respect and guidance.’

To pray for this intention is to set out on a journey, at the service of our families, supporting the associations that help them to face their various challenges —for true prayer is embodied in our lives. During July, let us devote our free time to our families; each person can know what this means concretely.”

The Pope video is possible thanks to the generous contributions of many people. You can donate by following this link.

FamilyPope Video
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
J-P Mauro
Chicago architect models Vatican City from 67,000 LEGO bricks
Philip Kosloski
Why J.R.R. Tolkien loved to attend daily Mass
Cecilia Pigg
7 Ways the saints can help you sleep better at night
The Sinai Peninsula and the Dead Sea Rift
J-P Mauro
Experts now believe Sodom was destroyed by a meteor
Bret Thoman, OFS
Exclusive photos: Meet Padre Pio and the place he lived
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady saved Padre Pio from a violent demonic attack
Cerith Gardiner
9 Padre Pio quotes for when you’re feeling scared or uncertain
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.