Pope Francis's general intention for the month is for the liturgy, "that the public, prayerful celebration of faith may give life to the faithful."
His missionary intention is for mission churches, that they "may be signs and instruments of hope and resurrection."
In this week's general audience address, Pope Francis said:
Let us show the joy of being children of God, the freedom he gifts us to live in Christ…It is a precious service that we give to our world, which is often no longer able to lift its gaze upwards, it no longer seems able to lift its gaze towards God.
Let us pray with Pope Francis, that our liturgy and our mission churches may point that gaze upwards and bring joy to the world.