The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (PWPN) is the new form of the Apostleship of Prayer. 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 PWPN focuses on an intention for the Church and the world proposed by the Pope.

The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) is a pontifical work, constituted as such, with new Statutes, by the Holy Father on March 27th, 2018. It is an ecclesial service of the Holy See entrusted to the Society of Jesus. It represents a network of associations present in 98 countries around the world.

In many places the PWPN (AP) is the editor of magazines, books, leaflets, as well as web sites like ‘Click-to-pray’. This service is available in English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.

Since January 2016, each month, the Network produces The Pope Video in Arab, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Filipino, Swahili, Vietnamese, etc.

The Eucharistic Youth Movement (EYM) is the youth branch of the PWPN, an International Movement for the Christian formation of children and young people from 5 to 25 years old, present in 56 countries.

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.

Links:
popesprayer.va
clicktopray.org
thepopevideo.org

In 2021 The Pope Video is available in 23 different languages. The Holy Father Francis announces his prayer intentions every month in The Pope Video, a global initiative of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. The Pope Video is now celebrating five years and is already broadcasting in 23 different languages. (Vatican City, 23 May 2021)  Each month Pope Francis shares his prayer intentions regarding the challenges facing humanity and the mission of the Church. The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer and EYM) brings these intentions to the world through The Pope Video, a global project transmitted mainly on major social media networks. Now in 2021 The Pope Video is being broadcast in 23 different languages.  The Pope Video was developed in 2016, originally in nine official languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Dutch, Arabic and traditional Chinese. As time went on the project expanded considerably in scope and more languages such as Vietnamese, simplified Chinese, Polish, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Catalan, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Hindi, Russian, Korean and Japanese were added as well. This year, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of The Pope Video, two further languages have been added, Filipino and the Mayan language Q’eqchi. Today the videos of the prayer intentions of Pope Francis have received more than 155 million views across the social networks of the Vatican and partners and have been covered in more than 17,500 international newspaper articles. Father Frédéric Fornos S.J., International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, explains how important it is for the Pope’s message to be conveyed in all languages and cultures: “The Heart of the Church’s mission is prayer, Francis tells us. Praying is entering into loving communication with the Father. This is a profound, intimate relationship, and there is no better way to speak to Him than in our own language, just as Jesus himself said, in his own Aramaic tongue: “Abba”, “Father”.  In order to pray for the challenges facing humanity and the Church’s mission, there is nothing better than to follow the prayer intentions of the Pope in our own language. Each of us prays in our own language while we are all united through prayer”. The Pope Video continues to expand so that people all over the world may join in prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father.  Each one prays in their own language but all are united through prayer, for the challenges facing humanity and the mission of the Church. Where can you watch the videos?  Official website of The Pope Video
In Portugal, the commemorations of the 175 years of the Apostleship of Prayer (AP) now the pope's worldwide network of prayer, ended during the weekend of October 19-20, in Fatima, with two great events: a Colloquium on the Heart of Jesus on Saturday, October 19, in which about 600 people participated; and the national pilgrimage of the AP on Sunday, October 20, which brought together one hundred thousand people from all over the country in the Shrine of Fatima. José Frazão Correia, sj, Provincial of the Jesuits in Portugal said during the colloquium that devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus must leave the "kitsch images" and find "its treasures" yet to show "the Christian faith" and the world. The Jesuit emphasized that the  devotion to the "Heart of Jesus" holds "many treasures that have not yet been sufficiently exposed, and they are what the Christian faith most needs to show to the life of believers, at a time when the Church must live on the margins, in the concrete reality of lives and families". The Final Eucharist took place on Sunday and was presided  by the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, Manuel Clemente, and concelebrated by 200 priests, 38 bishops , including Cardinal António Marto, Bishop of Leiria-Fatima. In the words of D. Manuel Clemente, the Apostleship of Prayer, "a movement that spread most in Portuguese parishes" in the middle of the 19th century and during the first half of the 20th century, guaranteed "the life of faith" in "particularly difficult periods for the very survival of Christian communities". Today, the connection between prayer and apostolate "has relaunched the Church and the mission", as "Pope Francis recently wished, taking it up again as the World Network of the Pope's Prayer". "The same fruits will surely reappear", exhorted the president of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference. At the end of the Eucharist, the Portuguese dioceses were consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in front of the monument located in the center of the enclosure of the Shrine of Fatima.
The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network meets with the Pope at 175th anniversary. "We can do many things, but without prayer, nothing works." Prayer is, in fact, at the heart of the Church's mission. Pope Francis addressed these words to approximately 6,000 people who gathered on the early morning of 28 June at the Paul VI Hall in Rome. There were 52 delegations from the five continents of the Worldwide Prayer Network, gathered to celebrate the 175th anniversary from the foundation and the 10th anniversary from the re-establishment of this prayer network, approved in 2014 by Pope Francis. Founded as the Apostleship of Prayer by the Jesuits in France in 1844, today the association has managed to unite in an invisible but effective network, as many as 35 million Catholics from every corner of the earth, including MEG, the Eucharistic Youth Movement. "We immerse ourselves in the concrete history of people whom we meet every day, especially by praying for them, offering up their joys and their sufferings". This is a mission of compassion for the world, "a journey of the heart", the Pope observed, "a prayerful program that transforms lives". "We are called to be witnesses and messengers of God's mercy, to offer the world a bright perspective.” Prayer always results in fraternal feelings, "it breaks down barriers, crosses borders, builds invisible but real and effective bridges, opens up horizons of hope", Pope Francis stressed when referring to the new version of Click to Pray in Chinese, and to Fr Matthew’s input, director of the Taiwan Network. "It is important to speak about our brothers: to speak of someone is a blessing, we must speak well of others and not gossip." Therefore, we should help the new generations to grow in their friendship with Jesus "through an intimate encounter with him in prayer, by listening to his Word, approaching the Eucharist as a gift of love for one's neighbor," Francis commented to the young people of the Eucharistic Youth Movement following the testimony given by Sr. Selam from Ethiopia. "We must offer young people opportunities to get in touch with their interior life, moments of spirituality, offer opportunities for them to learn about the Word, so that they can be enthusiastic missionaries within different environments" and interpret life events in the light of God’s love. We must teach children to pray, invite them to prayer lovingly, "because they reach the heart of Jesus immediately.”  As for grandparents: "The wisdom of the elderly, their experience and ability to 'reason' with the heart, teach us a precious and fruitful method of intercessory prayer." “It is important that the mission of the Church adapts to the times and makes use of the modern tools availed to us by modern technology", the Pope said in response to the testimony of Fr. Antonio, from Portugal, who illustrated how the apostolate of prayer, "with its immersion into the digital world, brings together old and young, giving them new energy". "It is a matter of entering contemporary arenas to proclaim God's mercy and goodness," explained Francis, while adding a warning, "to pay attention to how we make use of these means, especially the Internet, without becoming a slave to them”. Watch the video of the meeting with the Pope:
European Delegates Apostleship of Prayer meet in Vienna. The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network is the new name of the Apostleship of Prayer. European representatives met in Vienna from 21-25 September. 29 delegates representing national teams attended the gathering which was facilitated by Fr Frederic Fornos SJ, who was appointed as International Director of the network in July 2016 by Pope Francis. Fr Frederic outlined the process of recreation of the Apostleship of Prayer as the Pope’s Worldwide Network since 2010. This process included the adoption of a new logo and vision for the network and the creation of digital tools such as The Pope Video, a ninety-second clip in which Pope Francis introduces his monthly intention; and Click to Pray, an app to encourage young people to pray at three moments of the day, that includes challenges to live out the Pope’s monthly intentions. Pope Francis entrusts to the network these intentions, which address the challenges facing humanity and assists the mission of the Church. In January 2017 the Pope specifically asked all Catholics to participate in the network. The Pope’s intentions “call our attention to the worldwide issues that preoccupy the Pope”, Fr Frederic remarked, explaining that praying with the Pope for his monthly intentions is not meant to be done alone but with others. “It is an outward act, which is connected to the world and opens oneself to the other”, he said. According to Fr. Frederic “prayer is oriented apostolically towards the world”, and in this way it should lead people to encounter others and “get out of the culture of indifference”. Digital services alone are not sufficient for the recreation of the Apostleship of Prayer, Fr. Frederic asserted, explaining that “we must meet people in the parishes”. Mission to the Parishes is the next step of the recreation process. We need to go out into the world and find the missionary spirit that the Apostleship of Prayer had in the beginning, he said, explaining that the goal of the network is “to help people to be available and ready for the service of the mission of Jesus Christ in their daily lives”, as outlined in ‘A pathway with Jesus in apostolic readiness’ the document approved by Pope Francis in 2014, which describes the re-creation process. Directors of the network in each country presented about where they are in the recreation process of the Apostleship of Prayer as the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.
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.