Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention

for the Month of July 2021

Universal Intention Social Friendship

We pray that, in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects of dialogue and friendship.


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Father Joe Laramie SJ

Pope Francis’ July Prayer Intention: Social friendship 

 We pray  that, in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and  passionate architects of dialogue and friendship. 

In the heart of summer, these are long and lazy days for many of us. There’s time for rest, vacation, swimming, and barbecues with family and friends. In these sunny days and starry nights, our backyards and front porches can feel like the safest and best places to be.

In July, Pope Francis asks us to pray for social friendship: “that in social, economic and political situations of conflict, we may be courageous and passionate architects.” In the Gospels, we see Jesus reaching out to draw all people into the Kingdom of God. He meets with Greeks and the poor, visits with lawyers and Pharisees, dines with women and sinners and Samaritans.

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Friendship is one of the great gifts that life gives us. Being able to count on friends, during good times as well as bad, is a gift from God. Wouldn’t it be stupendous if we could “go beyond (our) groups of friends and build social friendship, which is so necessary for living together well,” as Francis tells us? We need to seek friends instead of enemies, understanding each other instead of fighting—in the Pope’s words, “leaving polarization behind.” Let us extend a hand and listen to others so we can work together for the common good. Share this message of Francis with your friends, and also—why not?—with people who aren’t friends yet.


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I entrust to you, Mother of the Church, all the problems of this Church, the whole of her mission and of her service.

Help us in the great endeavor that we are carrying out to meet in a more and more mature way our brothers in faith, with whom so many things unite us, although there is still something dividing us. Through all the means of knowledge, of mutual respect, of love, of shared collaboration in various fields, may we be able to rediscover gradually the divine plan for the unity into which we should enter and bring everybody in, in order that the one fold of Christ may recognize and live its unity on earth. Mother of unity, teach us constantly the ways that lead to unity.

Allow us in the future to go out to meet all human beings and all peoples that are seeking God and wishing to serve him on the way of different religions. Help us all to proclaim Christ and reveal “the power of God and the Wisdom of God” (1 Cor 1:24) hidden in his Cross. You were the first to reveal him at Bethlehem, not only to the simple faithful shepherds but also to the wise men from distant lands.

Mother of Good Counsel, show us always how we are to serve the individual and humanity in every nation, how we are to lead them along the ways of salvation. How we are to protect justice and peace in a world continually threatened on various sides.

How many problems, Mother, should I not present to you by name! I entrust them all to you, because you know them best and understand them.

 – Prayer of St. John Paul II to Our Lady of Czestochowa (June 4, 1979)


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