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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

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.


September 2020

Respect for the Planet’s Resources

“We need to grow in the conviction that a decrease in the pace of production and consumption can at times give rise to another form of progress and development.” Pope Francis explains to us that it is impossible for the most developed countries to maintain their current level of consumption at the cost of exploiting the natural resources of the rest of the planet. We have to abandon the throw–away culture and end the commercial imbalances that have so many negative consequences for the environment.

“We are squeezing out the planet’s goods. Squeezing them out, as if the earth were an orange.

Countries and businesses from the global north have enriched themselves by exploiting the natural resources of the south, creating an “ecological debt.” Who is going to pay this debt?

In addition, this “ecological debt” is increased when multinationals do abroad what they would never be allowed to do in their own countries. It’s scandalous.

Today, not tomorrow; today, we have to take care of Creation responsibly.

Let us pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner.

No to plundering; yes to sharing.”

Link to Fr. Stewart's webpage for September.


NB. All previous videos can be viewed on our YouTube channel.

August 2020

The Maritime World

Our society depends, probably more than many of us imagine, on the hard work of maritime workers and their families who have to face not only the dangers of nature—storms, hurricanes, etc.—but also human threats, such as piracy. Pope Francis summarizes very clearly the importance of the work of sailors and fishermen: “Without the people of the sea, many parts of the world would starve.”

“The life of sailors or fishermen and their families is very difficult.

Sometimes they are victims of forced labor or are left behind in distant ports.

The competition of industrial fishing and the problem of pollution make their work even more complicated.

Without the people of the sea, many parts of the world would starve.

Let us pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families.”

Link to Fr. Stewart's webpage for August.


July 2020

Our Families

The often-frenetic rhythm of life that we follow is detrimental to our family life. This is an important problem, because no one – neither we as individuals nor society as a whole – can do without families. This is truer now than ever during the time of crisis that we are living. As Pope Francis says, “families are not a problem, they are first and foremost an opportunity.”

“The family ought to be protected.

It faces many dangers: the fast pace of life, stress…

Sometimes, parents forget to play with their children.

The Church needs to encourage families and stay at their side, helping them to discover ways that allow them to overcome all of these difficulties.

Let us pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance, and especially that they may be protected by the state.”

Link to Fr. Stewart's webpage for July.


June 2020

Compassion for the World

Many people in the world are suffering, and not just due to the pandemic we’ve been experiencing. As Pope Francis said last month, people are also affected by other pandemics, such as “the pandemic of wars, hunger, and many others” (14/5/2020). What can we do? How can we avoid falling into indifference? The Pope shows us the way: compassion. It is the best help we can offer them, through our prayers and lives, bringing them to the Heart of Jesus so He can transform their lives.

Many people suffer due to the great difficulties they endure.

We can help them by accompanying them along an itinerary full of compassion which transforms people’s lives.

It brings them closer to the Heart of Christ, which welcomes all of us into the revolution of tenderness.

We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.

Link to Fr. Stewart's webpage for June.


May 2020

For Deacons

Do we understand clearly the mission of deacons in the Church? They bring into the clergy the world of the family and of their profession. They have much to give. They are men with a very clear family vocation of serving God and their brothers and sisters, which is necessary for the Church. Service in the liturgy, service to the Word, and service to those most in need are essential to their mission.

Deacons are not are not second-level priests.

They are part of the clergy and live their vocation in and with their family.

They are dedicated to the service of the poor, who carry within them the face of the suffering Christ.

They are the guardians of service in the Church.

Let us pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.

Link to Fr. Stewart's webpage for May.


April 2020

Liberation from Addictions

The problem of what are called “new addictions” has a solution, but we must find the way. We need prophetic words and human ingenuity, and we need to do many things. It’s time to liberate ourselves from the addictions that seduce us. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt 6:21). If we are attached only to earthly things, sooner or later we will become their slave. However, if our heart is attached to what never passes, we will find ourselves and be free. It’s time to fix our gaze on what lasts forever.

Surely, you’ve heard about the drama of addiction.

And… have you also thought about the addiction to gambling, to pornography, to the internet… and the dangers of virtual space?.

Supported by the ‘Gospel of Mercy’ we can alleviate, care for and heal the suffering associated with new kinds of addiction.

We pray that those suffering from addiction may be properly helped and
accompanied.

Link to Fr. Stewart's webpage for April.


March 2020

Catholics in China

Everywhere, the Church seeks to promote whatever unites us. That’s also true in China, a land of great opportunities, where the Church is called to live and grow in unity.

“Today, the Church in China looks to the future with hope.

The Church wants Chinese Christians to be truly Christians, and to be good citizens.

They should promote the Gospel, but without engaging in proselytism, and they need to achieve the unity of the divided Catholic community.

Let us pray together that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity. Thank you.”

Link to Fr. Stewart's webpage for March.


February 2020

Hear the cries of migrants

We cannot be silent accomplices of the organized criminal phenomenon of human trafficking. Much less can we be protagonists of it, even indirectly.

Faced with those who live off the misfortune of others and who take advantage of their desperation, let us work to overcome the inequalities that make it possible for one person to enslave another.

“Migrants are often victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking.

Among other causes, this happens because of corruption on the part of people willing to do anything for financial gain.

The money from their dirty, underhanded business is blood money. I’m not exaggerating: it’s blood money.

We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking, may be heard and considered.”

Link to Fr. Stewart's webpage for February.


January 2020:

Promotion of World Peace

No religion incites people to war, or to hate or violence. On the contrary, religions invite us to defend the values of peace and human fraternity. Indeed, dialogue and understanding among peoples form an essential part of their teachings. Let us follow them.

“In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of good will, to reconciliation and fraternity.

Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good.

We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.

Link to Fr. Stewart's webpage for January.


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