Pope Francis has announced his prayer intention for January with a focus on human fraternity.
Released in video form on Dec. 5, the pope’s prayer intention calls for people of different religions, cultures, traditions, and beliefs to return to the essential — love of neighbor.
You can view it in the above video.
You can read the text of the prayer intention below.
“When we pray to God following Jesus, we come together as brothers and sisters with those who pray according to other cultures, other traditions and other beliefs.
“We are brothers and sisters who pray.
“Fraternity leads us to open ourselves to the Father of all and to see in the other a brother or sister, to share our lives or to support, to love, and to know each other.
“The Church values God’s action in other religions, without forgetting that for us Christians, the wellspring of human dignity and fraternity, is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“We believers must return to our sources and concentrate on what is essential. What is essential to our faith is the adoration of God and love of neighbor.
“Let us pray that the Lord may give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions and not fight each other, and praying for one another, open ourselves to all.”