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Pope Francis is coming to our country soon./ Bless him with safety and strength./ And give us teach-able hearts./ Calm and heal the loveless divisions which afflict our nation./ We pray to the Lord.
Lift the dense fog which covers human minds in our families,/ in Church,/ in politics,/ media and business./ We pray to the Lord.
Draw us together where there is misery,/ violence,/ sadness and every kind of human suffering./ We pray to the Lord.
Bless the world's priests:/ the new priests and the elderly priests,/ priests who are lonely,/ worn-out,/ depressed,/ in need of personal renewal and growth./ Bless the priests who are in any kind of trouble./ We pray to the Lord.
We ask heaven's help for our families,/ holding in our hearts this Sunday/ family members who are stressed,/ sick,/ addicted,/ depressed/ or making seriously wrong-choices./ We pray to the Lord.
The suffering of the world's children is before our eyes./ We ask for a new global heart that takes in the children who are in flight,/ afraid,/ sick,/ abandoned,/ hungry and thirsty./ And forgive us where we fail them./ We pray to the Lord.
Finally we pray for the dead,/ mindful of the many whose deaths shock,/ sadden and discourage us./ We pray for God to heal and convert those who murder and wound./ We pray to the Lord.