Pope Benedict XVI's intentions for January 2013
In the month of December, the Holy Father has requested prayers for a deeper and more resolute faith among Christians, and for the Christians of the Middle East. This appeal is included in the most recent intentions of the Apostleship of Prayer, an initiative with about 50 million members from all five continents. The general intercession reads: That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him. "Every month, the Holy Father also requests the offering of prayers for a missionary cause. The one for January states:" That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.