The prayer intention of Pope Francis for February 2017 is “that all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.”
In a video message, the Pope remarks that while new developments grow
in cities, “they abandon a part of themselves to marginal settlements
on the periphery.”
He says that “great sections of the population are
excluded and marginalized: without a job, without options, without a way
“Don’t abandon them,” the Pope urged, calling the faithful to join in prayer for those who are suffering.
This year the Vatican has inaugurated a new system for announcing the
Pope’s monthly prayer intentions.
Rather than announcing two intentions
(one general intention, one for the missions) in advance each month,
the Pope is working with the Apostleship of Prayer to create a video
message promoting one intention each month.