Video message of the Holy Father: “For voluntary organizations
We publish below the text of the Video of the Pope’s prayer intention for the month of December spread through the Pope’s World Prayer Network on the theme “For volunteer organisations” – Let us pray that volunteer and human promotion organisations find people eager to commit themselves to the common good and seek ever new ways of collaboration at the international level”:
Text of the Holy Father’s Video
The world needs volunteers and organizations committed to seeking the common good.
Yes, this is a word that many today would like to erase: “commitment.”
And the world needs volunteers who commit to the common good.
Being a volunteer who helps others is a choice that makes us free; it opens us to other
people’s needs —to the demands of justice, to the defense of the poor, to the care of
It means being artisans of mercy: with our hands, with our eyes, with an attentive ear,
with our closeness.
And being a volunteer means working with the people you serve. Not just for the people,
but with the people. Working with the people.
The work of volunteer not-for-profit organizations is much more effective when they
collaborate with each other and with governments.
By working together, however few resources they have, they do their best and make the
miracle of the multiplication of hope a reality.
We have a great need to multiply hope!
Let us pray that volunteer non-profit and human development organizations may find
people willing to commit themselves to the common good and ceaselessly seek out new
paths of international cooperation.