Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during the Angelus prayer at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the outskirts of Rome, Sunday, July 29, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI has issued an urgent appeal for an end to `’all violence and bloodshed” in Syria. The pope in his traditional Sunday Angelus prayer called for all parties, including the international community, to spare no effort in seeking peace and a political settlement to the conflict. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for August 2012 is: “That prisoners may be treated with justice and respect for their human dignity”.

His mission intention is: “That young people, called to follow Christ, may be willing to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel to the ends of the earth”.