Pope Francis has asked that on Ash Wednesday we should pray for peace. So please join us in prayer on our social media channels from 12pm on Ash Wednesday. If you can't join us on social media, please still join us and pray the prayer below.
Hear my voice, for it is the voice of all the victims of all wars and violence among individuals and nations.
Hear my voice, for it is the voice of all the children who suffer, when people put their faith in weapons and war.
Hear my voice, when I beg you to instil into the hearts of all human beings, the wisdom of peace, the strength of justice and the joy of fellowship.
Hear my voice, for I speak for the multitudes in every country and in every period of history, who do not want war and are ready to walk the road of peace.
Hear my voice, and grant insight and strength, so that we may always respond to hatred with love, to injustice with total dedication to justice, to need with the sharing of self, to war with peace.
O God, hear my voice and grant unto the world Your everlasting peace. Amen.
- Pope Saint John Paul II
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