Pope’s Prayer Intention for October 2020

October prayer intention 2020

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Pope intention for October: that women have greater leadership roles in the Church

Pope intention for October: that women have greater leadership roles in the Church

Pope Francis releases a video message accompanying his prayer intention for October, the missionary month, in which he calls for the promotion of greater integration of the lay faithful, especially women, in areas of responsibility in the Church.

By Vatican News 

In his prayer intention for October 2020, Pope Francis asks everyone to pray that women be given greater leadership roles in the Church.

It has become the custom of Pope Francis to release a video message detailing his prayer intention for each month.

This month, the video is a collaboration with the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. It highlights the role of the laity, whom Pope Francis considers true protagonists in the proclamation of the Gospel.

In the video, the Pope asks especially that women be given participation in “areas of responsibility in the Church” because they “tend to be left aside.”

Over his pontificate, Pope Francis has made many gestures to give momentum to this desire to give women greater weight in the Church. The Pope’s Evangelii gaudium reads:

“Demands that the legitimate rights of women be respected, based on the firm conviction that men and women are equal in dignity, present the Church with profound and challenging questions which cannot be lightly evaded” (104).

Fr. Frédéric Fornos S.J., International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, observes that “since 2013, much has been accomplished, but more needs to be done.”

He also points out that “by virtue of Baptism, we are all called to faithfully proclaim and serve the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to be missionary disciples of the Lord. Nonetheless, among the lay faithful, women have been consciously and unconsciously relegated to an inferior level. As Francis reminded us in Querida Amazonia, many women, moved by the Holy Spirit, keep the Church alive in many parts of the world with remarkable devotion and deep faith. It’s essential that they participate more and more in areas where decisions are made. This requires a profound change of mentality; it requires our conversion, which implies prayer.”

Full text of the prayer intention:

No one has been baptized a priest or a bishop. We have all been baptized as lay people.

Lay people are protagonists of the Church.

Today, it is especially necessary to create broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church.

And we must emphasize the feminine lay presence because women tend to be left aside.

We must promote the integration of women, especially where important decisions are made.

We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church, without falling into forms of clericalism that diminish the lay charism.



Pope’s Monthly Intention October 2020


The Laity’s Mission in the Church

We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.


Lord Jesus,
You entrusted your Church to announce your mission through words and deeds:
the Love of the Father for all His sons and daughters.
Grant all your disciples perserverance and courage to announce the beauty of the Church as missionaries. Through the intercession of St. Mary Magdalene,
Apostle of the Apostles,
we ask that all women,
especially those who have responsibilities in the Church,
to live in service with joy and enthusiasm,
walking with all the People of God.
Our Father…

Offering Prayer
Good Father, I know You are with me.
Here I am on this new day.
Place my heart once more
next to the Heart of your Son Jesus,
who is giving himself for me and who comes to me in the Eucharist.
May your Holy Spirit make me Your friend and apostle,
available for your mission of compassion.
I place in Your hands my joys and hopes,
my works and sufferings, everything that I am and have,
in communion with my brothers and sisters of this Worldwide Prayer Network.
With Mary, I offer you my day for the mission of the Church
and for the prayer intentions of the Pope and my Bishop for this month.
  • In a moment of personal prayer, give thanks for the gift of Baptism. This makes each Christian a missionary disciple. Ask for the grace to be sent on your mission in your everyday life.
  • As a family, small group, or community, pray for all the laity who live the mission of proclaiming Jesus at work, in society, and Church–that they can live it with enthusiasm and determination.
  • Recogniae and give thanks to the women in your own parish and community. Women carry out leadership positions in many ways in the Church.



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