05 October 2016

Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis for October 2016: Journalists and World Mission Day

Universal Intention - Journalists: That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.

Intramuros, Manila: Monument of the National Press Club for the (at least) 34 journalists massacred in Maguindanao, 23 November 2009
[Photo: Ramon F. Velasquz, Wikipedia]

Veronica Guerin
(5 July 1958 - 26 June 1996) [Wikipedia]

Veronica Guerin, a crime reporter at the time of her death, was murdered because of her reporting. She is the only journalist to be killed in the line of duty in what is now the Republic of Ireland. According to the website of CPJ Committee to Protect Journalists, 77 journalists were murdered/motive confirmed, ie because of their work, between 1 July 1992 and 6 April 2014.

Evangelization Intention World Mission Day: That World Mission Day may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it. 

Columban Sisters and Columban Lay Missionaries in Myanmar
L to R: Sr Ashwena Apao (Philippines), Arlenne Villahermosa (Philippines), Sr Mary Dillon (Ireland), Chang Eun-Yeal, Columba (Korea)

Columban Fr Kurt Zion Pala on an outing with Malate Youth, Manila
Father Kurt, from Iligan City, Mindanao, was ordained in November 2015. He will soon be heading for his new overseas mission in Myanmar.

There are reflections on the two prayer intentions on the website of the Apostleship of Prayer here.

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