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Sunday 3rd July 2016
The celebration of the feast day of St Peter and St Paul invites us to pray for the Church and to remember the beginnings from which the faith was handed on.
We pray for Pope Francis and the bishops of the Church; we pray that the Lord may strengthen them in the gifts of wisdom and leadership.
We pray all those affected by the bombing in Turkey; may God enfold in his loving arms all the injured, those who have died or are grieving loved ones.
We pray for all countries in Europe, that as the shape of the EU changes, they will go forth into the future with confidence, common sense and wisdom.
As the UK faces new challenges following the EU referendum, we pray that all will work together with compassion, integrity and Christian love for all.
At this time of change, we pray for all political leaders, and specially that new ones may be chosen wisely and prayerfully.
We pray for all those in Syria who are in need of help, who are displaced, or without food or shelter: may the international effort work together to relive their distress.
We thank God for all those participating in international sporting events: may the finest principles of fairness and international goodwill be upheld.
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.