Prayer Intention: "to Bear Witness to God's Love"

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VATICAN CITY, MAY 31, 2004 (Zenit.org).- During the month of June, John Paul II will pray that baptize persons be missionaries of the love of God to every one they meet.



This is illustrated in the general intention of the Apostleship of Prayer, an intention shared by the Pope and thousands of faithful.

The intention reads: "That all Christians may be constantly more aware of their personal and community responsibility to bear witness to God's love for humanity and for every man and woman."

A commentary by the Apostleship of Prayer said: "Through the real care for our brothers and sisters, Christianity breathes forth all its liberating and salvific power. Charity represents the most eloquent form of evangelization because, answering to material needs, it reveals to people the love of God for every person."

The Pope also offers his prayers for a missionary intention, which in June will be "That religious freedom -- a fundamental right of mankind -- may meet with ever growing respect in Asian countries."

A commentary on this intention by Archbishop Oswald Gracias of Agra, India, published by the Vatican agency Fides, reminds the faithful that "human rights cannot be said to be fully protected unless there is true religious freedom."