Pope Benedict XVI's prayer intentions for August 2012
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all Apostles of Prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month:
General prayer intention: That prisoners may be treated with justice and respect for their human dignity.
Mission prayer intention: That young people, called to follow Christ, may be willing to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
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Prayer of the Month
Almighty and merciful God, to whom alone the secrets of the heart lie open, who recognize the just and make righteous the guilty, hear our prayers for your servants held in prison, and grant that through patience and hope they may find relief in their affliction and soon return unhindered to their own. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. [—“For Those in Prison,” Collect, The Roman Missal]