Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI
The Catholic pope,
though perhaps not head of your particular Christian faith, has a tremendous influence in
the world and represents all Christians (to some extent) to many people around
the world. To pray for this world religious leader is to pray for all of
Christianity, since what he says and does can and does impact all Christians. This prayer
is modified from the prayer on the Vatican's web site after the pope's election.
Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to Your shepherd
Benedict 16th a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of
knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his
care, may he, as successor to the Apostle Peter and Vicar of Christ,
build Your Church into a sacrament of unity, love and peace for the
entire world. I ask this of You, Lord God, our creator, friend and
overseer of this world.
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