|Flight to Egypt by Fritz Eichenberg|
The migration of peoples has become a global phenomenon. Whether they be political or economic refugees, hundreds of thousands of families are driven from their homes each year to seek new beginnings in far off places. And countless other families face difficulties which leave them feeling helpless and hopeless.
Each month Pope Benedict selects two prayer intentions--one general and one focused on missions--which are promoted by the Apostleship of Prayer. At the close of 2012, the Holy Father's intentions dovetail with the global issues faced by families and the ongoing celebration of Christmas: "That migrants throughout the world may be welcomed with generosity and authentic love, especially by Christian communities"; and "That Christ may reveal himself to all humanity with the light that shines forth from Bethlehem and is reflected in the face of his Church."