The Apostleship of Prayer is the Pope’s worldwide prayer network. Its aim is to help people develop a personal prayer life in unity with the Pope’s intentions. It is also a way of allowing men and women the world over to prepare their hearts for Christ’s mission. Every month, the Apostleship focuses on an intention for the Church and the world proposed by the Pope. 

The AP has been entrusted by the Holy Father to the Superior General of the Society of Jesus. It is present in 84 countries around the world. In many countries the Apostleship of Prayer is the editor of magazines, books, leaflets, as well as web sites like ‘Click-to-pray’. In the coming years, the latter will be available in different languages.

The Eucharistic Youth Movement (EYM) is the youth offshoot of the Apostleship of Prayer.

The European national directors meet biennially to share their experiences about the promotion of an active prayer life in our societies and the means they are developing to do so.



The magazine "Mensajero" was born 150 years ago. On Friday 18 November, the Loyola Communication Group celebrated its anniversary. Pope Francis received the latest issue of the magazine recently and congratulated the editors on this occasion. Mensajero was founded in 1866 as a monthly newsletter of the Apostleship of Prayer on the initiative of the Catalan priest José Morgades. Today it is the oldest paper periodical  of Spain looking to the future thanks to the loyalty of thousands of subscribers. The first objective was translating into Spanish the French Jesuit newsletter. Now the magazine reflects reality on a key of faith, reflection and dialogue. It had the ability to adapt itself to the times in content and style. Bilbao was the city that hosted the magazine in 1883, when Fr Morgades transferred it to the Jesuits. Here it was consolidated with the support of Jesuit institutions, especially Deusto University. Since the first director, the Jesuit Cecilio Gómez Rodeles until today, with Marta Barrio, the magazine has remained as an inspiring proposal of values. In this anniversary Mensajero publishes his issue 1,480, a figure that shows that it has been present every month despite the historical facts: the Civil War (1939) with the arrest of Fr Vilariño; the dissolution of the Society of Jesus in 1932 and the floods of Bilbao (1983).
Apostleship of Prayer. Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Frédéric Fornos of the French Province International Director of the Apostleship of Prayer. In the past the General Superior of the Society of Jesus always has been the official director. Subsequently he appointed an executive secretary. 
Promoters and friends of the Sacred Heart Messenger meet Over 120 readers, promoters and friends of the Sacred Heart Messenger magazine from all over Ireland gathered at Mount St Anne’s, Killenard Co. Laois on Saturday 18 June for the annual ‘Messenger Day of Joy’. The day long event was a wonderful success as all present joyfully mingled and shared conversations with guest speakers, staff members and contributors to the magazine. Bishop Denis Nulty (picture) and Fr Peter McVerry SJ were the keynote speakers on the day, delivering talks on ‘the Joy of the Gospel’ and ‘the God of Compassion’ respectively, while a variety of workshops addressing different aspects of faith were also part of the programme. Sr Mary Threadgold spoke about the issues that are encountered in later life, and strategies for coping with them; Eileen Kane gave an illustrated presentation on ‘The Arena Chapel Padua’; Fr Paddy Byrne spoke about ‘Faith and the Young’; while Fr Paddy Carberry SJ and Fr Donal Neary SJ led guided prayer sessions in the Chapel and prayer garden of the retreat centre.   >> Read more