(Vatican City, June 1, 2021) – The Holy Father dedicates his prayer intention for the month of June to the beauty of marriage, a demanding life-long journey on which “the husband and wife aren’t alone; Jesus accompanies them.”

The Pope Video has just been published with the intention that Francis is entrusting to the entire Catholic Church through the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. In the context of the “Special year of the family,” which began on March 19, 2021, the video focuses on the beauty of marriage and is published in collaboration with the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.  The Holy Father encourages young people to undertake this demanding journey, because “getting married and sharing one’s life is something beautiful.” This is why it is a vocation worth following, since “God has a dream for us—love—and He asks us to make it his own.” The prayer intention reaffirms the nature of this vocation, which “isn’t just a ‘social’ act,” but which is “born from the heart.”

The Pope Video for June about marriage arrives at a very opportune moment. On the feast of the Holy Family in 2020, Pope Francis convoked a special year dedicated to the family, which just began this past March 19, 2021, with the following motto: “Family love: a vocation and a path to holiness.” This convocation coincides with the fifth anniversary of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia and with the third of the apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate. This places this month’s intention in the context of the vocation of love to which each person is called in their place in the home. In addition, it accompanies another important event: the year of St. Joseph, which will last until next December 8.