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.

Further information through the Pathways to God and Click to Pray websites.


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

August 2017

The Pope’s first intention for August are for artists. The arts and nature express the beauty of creation and bring joy to the soul. Let us join the Pope in praying for artists, so that with their creativity, they continue showing us the greatness of God.

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

July 2017

The pope’s first intention for July refers us not to those who have, as it were, taken a holiday from Christian faith but who have drifted away more permanently. And it is highly likely that they have done so for the good reason that others of us have indeed gone on holiday from the Christian life – because of counter-examples that demonstrate anything but the “beauty” of that life that this month’s intention names.

Link to Fr. Stewart's webpage for July.

June 2017

The main intention this month is that national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimises so many innocent people.


The Pope's urgent intention this month is Peace and Healing:

May the Holy Spirit grant peace to the entire world.
May He heal the wounds of war and terrorism,
Which most recently struck innocent civilians in London.
Let us pray for the victims and their families.


Link to Fr. Stewart's webpage for June.

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.

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.