On May 1st we celebrated the Beatification of John Paul II. That 1.5 million (!) people gathered in Rome for this historic event is a testament to the connection that the Polish Pontiff had with the faithful. He was a great communicator -- and some consider that one of the lasting hallmarks of his life.
It's appropriate then, that Pope Benedict XVI's general prayer intention for this month centre's on communication media:
That those working in communication media may respect the truth, solidarity, and dignity of all people.
The intention also coincides nicely with the Catholic bloggers meeting that is happening now at the Vatican -- you can read about that here
The Pope's missionary intention is for the Church in China:
That the Lord may help the Church in China persevere in fidelity to the Gospel and grow in unity.
And of course, May is the month of Mary. In his homily
at the Beatification, Pope Benedict highlighted the importance of Mary in John Paul II's life. Noting John Paul II's faith, he said "the beatitude of faith has its model in Mary." While we keep the Pope's intentions in our prayers this month, perhaps it would be good opportunity to pray to Mary, and Blessed John Paul II, for a deeper, and stronger faith.
CNS photo/Giancarlo Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo