Each month, Pope Benedict XVI announces his special prayer intentions—particular things that he wishes all Catholics to pray for that month. (When, for instance, we pray the rosary and say the prayers at the end for the intentions of the Holy Father, these are the intentions for which we're praying.)
Pope Benedict offers two prayer intentions each month, one general, and one for a particular Catholic missionary activity. The Holy Father's prayer intentions for May 2012 are particularly appropriate for a month that begins with the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker and which is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
You can read Pope Benedict's prayer intentions for May 2012, and find some appropriate prayers to join your intentions to his.
(Children dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes dance for Pope Benedict XVI during his 85th birthday celebration in the Clementine Hall, April 16, 2012, in Vatican City. Photo by Alessia Giuliani-Vatican Pool/Getty Images)