Pope Francis will deliver his monthly prayer intentions on video over social media as part of a Jesuit-run global prayer network.
The new video messages, featuring the pope asking for prayers and action on various challenges facing the world today, are due to begin on 6 January, the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord.
Often people are inundated with so much bad news that they might feel helpless, but “to pray together with Pope Francis for these challenges will us help a lot”, Jesuit Fr Frederic Fornos told Vatican Radio on 4 January.
The Jesuit priest is the head of the international Apostleship of Prayer, a Jesuit-run outreach that has given Catholics the pope’s monthly prayer intentions since 1890.
Working with the Vatican Television Centre, the apostleship will launch the monthly videos of the pope’s universal prayer intentions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
While the pope will speak in Spanish, the videos will have subtitles for a total of 10 languages, Fr Fornos said.