October 2017 - Workers and the Unemployed

That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

August 2017 - Artists

That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.

July 2017 - Lapsed Christians

That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.


June 2017 - National Leaders

That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.

May 2017 - Christians in Africa

That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.

April 2017 - Youth

That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.


March 2017 - Support for Persecuted Christians

That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.

February 2017 - Welcome the needy

That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.

January 2017 - Christians serving humanity

For all who contribute through prayer and fraternal charity to restoring full ecclesial communion in service of the challenges facing humanity


December 2016 - End to Child-Soldiers

That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.


November 2016 - Countries Receiving Refugees

That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity.

October 2016 -  Journalists

That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.

September 2016 -  For a more human society

That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.

August 2016 - Sports

That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.

July 2016 - Respect for Indigenous Peoples

That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect.

June 2016 - Human Solidarity

That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find–even within the huge cities of the world–opportunities for encounter and solidarity.

May 2016 - Respect for Women

April 2016 - Small Farmers

That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.


March 2016 - Families in Difficulty

That families in need may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments.

February 2016 - Care for Creation

That we may take good care of creation - a gift freely given - cultivating and protecting it for future generations.

January 2016 - Interreligious Dialogue

That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.