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Sunday 31st July
In this Year of Mercy, let us ask the Lord to bless us with the gifts we need to sustain us on our way.
We pray for the Pope as he visits Poland, and pray that he will lead the way to enlightenment, mercy and compassion for all God’s people.
We pray for the Church and for its clergy; and in particular we thank God for the life and service of Father Jacques Hamel, killed in France this week.
We pray for the victims of the knife attack in Japan, when many old people were killed and ask for God’s unfailing love for those they have left behind.
We pray for those affected by the attack in Ansbach and pray for God’s guidance for all who are involved with helping and placing refugees.
We pray for those killed or injured by the truck bomb in the Syrian city of Qamishli and ask for God’s healing hands to enfold them in their pain.
We pray all women forced into marriage against their will and for those who may be killed for making their own choice; grant understanding, tolerance and compassion to all.
As we celebrate World Youth Day, we remember all children and young people who have become separated from their parents and families, and pray that they will be reunited.
Eternal Father, look with kindness on the needs of the whole human family and bless us with your peace; though Christ our Lord, we ask you to hear our prayer now.