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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham


Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network

The Holy Father has asked the Jesuits across the world to promote a network of prayer as a new initiative from the former Apostolate of Prayer.

Each province has a national contact for this work, ours being Fr. David Stewart SJ.

Each month the Holy Father will have a main prayer intention for people to use as part of their daily prayer, and he will also announce an "urgent intention" for people’s prayer. A short video based on the main intention published each month and known as 'The Pope Video'.

Fr. Stewart publishes a webpage each month with prayer reflections based on the main intention.

Bookmark this page and revisit monthly for the latest intentions.

Image reproduced courtesy of The Catholic Church in England and Wales.


May 2017

The main intention this month is Christians of Africa, witnesses for peace. That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.

Link to Fr. Stewart's webpage for May.


NB. All previous videos displayed below can be viewed full screen or in YouTube by clicking on the icon embedded within the video.

April 2017

The main intention this month is for Young People and the Synod next year. Pope Francis asks that our prayers be joined to his, that young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.

The "urgent intention" this month is to pray for peace in Democratic Republic of Congo (Kasai) and for the situations faced by people in Colombia, Venezuela and Paraguay.

Link to Fr. Stewart's webpage for April.


March 2017

Pope Francis, inviting us as he does each month to join our prayers to his for the concerns that are in his own heart, asks this month that we pray that persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.

Link to Fr. Stewart's webpage for March.