By Larissa I. López

Pope Francis established the Global Prayer Network Foundation as a “legal, canonical and Vatican person,” for the purpose of “coordinating and encouraging this spiritual movement so dear to me, equipping it with an appropriate structure to the times we are living.”

The Chirograph indicates that the Pope’s Global Prayer Network, previously known as the Apostleship of Prayer, began in France at the initiative of Father Francois-Xavier Gautrelet. “It is based on the spirituality of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and gathers the monthly prayer intentions proposed by the Holy Father to the Church.”

“A few years ago I instituted the Pope’s Global Prayer Network as a Pontifical Work to underscore the universal character of the said apostolate and the need we all have to pray increasingly and with sincerity of heart,” recalls the Holy Father in the text.

So today the Pontiff is equipping it with a structure that is appropriate to the times we are living, and he constitutes it as a “legal, canonical and Vatican person.”

Here is Pope Francis’ full Chirograph.

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The Pope’s Global Prayer Network, previously the Apostleship of Prayer, initiated in France by the Reverend Father Francois-Xavier Gautrelet, S.J., is based on the spirituality of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and gathers the monthly prayer intentions proposed by the Holy Father to the Church.

A few years ago I instituted the Pope’s Global Prayer Network as a Pontifical Work to underscore the universal character of the said apostolate and the need we all have to pray increasingly and with sincerity of heart.

In order to coordinate and encourage this spiritual movement, so dear to me, equipping it with an appropriate structure to the times we are living, in virtue of the apostolic power in the Church and of the sovereignty in Vatican City State, taking into account canons 331, 114and 115, paragraph 3, 116 paragraph 1 and 1303 paragraph 1 n. 1of the Code of Canon Law and article 1, n. 1 of the Fundamental Law of Vatican City since November 26, 2000, accepting the petition presented by the Pope’s Global Prayer Network,

I ESTABLISH

In legal, canonical and Vatican person the ”Pope’s Global Prayer Network” Foundation, with headquarters in Vatican City State, governed by the Statutes annexed to this Chirograph, approved today by me, which will come into force  on December 17, 2020.

Vatican City, November 17, 2020

Francis

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