To support and celebrate the 500th year of Christianity in the Philippines, the Pope’s Worldwide Network Prayer (PWNP) finally launched a Filipino version of “The Pope Video”.
The video is a monthly material where the Pope’s prayer intentions for the month are recited. “[It] is an official global initiative to disseminate the Holy Father’s monthly intentions,” said the official website of The Pope Video. The project is supported by the Vatican Media.
Previously, it had already been translated into at least nine different languages so that many more will be able to pray with Pope Francis. Eventually, it had also been translated to Chinese, Swahili, Russian, Korean, Polish, and Japanese among others. (Read: A Guided Year: The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for 2021)
And now, PWPN international director Jesuit Fr. Frederick Fornos himself pushed for the translation of the videos in Filipino to be one with the Filipino people in celebrating 500 years of Christianity.
“Ang Video ng Papa”
The translated videos are called “Ang Video ng Papa” or “Pope’s Video” in English. While the videos are of Pope Francis mainly speaking in Spanish, the subtitles are in Filipino. “In our case, there are Filipino subtitles,” said PWPN Philippines national director Jesuit Fr. Victor De Jesus.
The Filipino version of the videos was launched at the same as the Mayan Q’eqchi’ language, which is spoken in places such as Mexico, El Salvador, and Belize. (Read: 5 Novena Prayers for Special Favors)
We are celebrating the fifth anniversary of The Pope Video, an official global initiative of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network to disseminate @Pontifex prayer intentions, now broadcast in 23 different languages. Make this project known to more people worldwide!@popesprayer_en pic.twitter.com/AFX3Cqxrkv
— The Pope Video (@thepopevideo) May 23, 2021
And this year, The Pope Video is celebrating its fifth year. It was launched in 2016, and now has over 155 million views in total! The videos have been translated into 23 languages, with nine official languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Dutch, Arabic, and traditional Chinese.
“To pray is to enter into a communication of love with the Father, it is a deep, intimate relationship, and there is nothing better than to speak to him in one’s own language,” said Fr. Fornos.
The initiative is entirely powered by donations, and you can help support this project here.