The Pope’s monthly prayer intention entrusted to the faithful worldwide is unique this November. The intention is for himself.
“Pray to the Lord that he will bless me,” the Bishop of Rome states. “Your prayer gives me strength and helps me to discern and to accompany the Church, listening to the Holy Spirit.”
The video this month has an intimate tone, since it is dedicated to this month’s intention: “For the Pope.”
He tells the story of his pontificate through his emotions. Apart from the best-known moments, such as the first moments after his election, there are others that are almost unknown, made up of hugs and prayers in different parts of the world. They are joined together by Francis’ great and catching humanity, which is confirmed once again by the choice of the prayer intention for this month and the accompanying message.
A Pope “doesn’t lose his humanity”
“The fact that someone is pope doesn’t mean they lose their humanity. On the contrary, my humanity grows each day with God’s holy and faithful people.” In fact, he acknowledges: “Being pope is also a process. The person becomes aware of what it means to be a pastor. And in this process, he learns how to be more charitable, more merciful, and, above all, more patient, like God our Father, who is so patient.”
The current Successor of the Apostle Peter “can imagine that at the beginning of their pontificate, all the popes had this feeling of trepidation, apprehension, knowing that he will be judged harshly. For the Lord will ask us Bishops to give a serious account.”
The Pope asks to be judged “with benevolence.”
The Pope addresses all those who will watch and listen to his message, asking them to “judge him with benevolence. And to pray that the pope, whoever he might be (…) may receive the help of the Holy Spirit, that he may be docile to that help.”
According to the tradition of the Apostleship of Prayer (the former name of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network), all popes have entrusted to the Church a prayer intention each month since 1879, through the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.
This month, the prayer intention is the following: “We pray for the Pope, so that in the exercise of his mission, he may continue to accompany in the faith the flock entrusted to him by Jesus, always with the help of the Holy Spirit.”
The Pope finishes the video with a pinch of humor: “Pray for me. Favorably!”