Popes’ prayers

To the Queen of Peace, the Mother of Jesus Christ “our peace” (Eph 2:14), I entrust my urgent prayer for all humanity at the beginning of the year 2007, to which we look with hearts full of hope, notwithstanding the dangers and difficulties that surround us. May Mary show us, in her Son, the Way of peace, and enlighten our vision, so that we can recognise Christ’s face in the face of every human person, the heart of peace!
Pope Benedict XVI, December 8, 2006

May God help us build together the ‘civilization of love’. Only a humanity in which love is triumphant will be able to enjoy authentic and lasting peace.May Mary obtain this gift for us. May she sustain us and accompany us in the arduous but exalting process of building peace. Let us never tire of praying confidently for this: Mary Queen of Peace, pray for us!
John Paul II, January 1, 2004

Peace is our work: it calls for our courageous and united action. But it is inseparably and above all a gift of God: it requires our prayer. Christians must be in the first rank of those who pray daily for peace. They must also teach others to pray for peace. It will be their joy to pray with Mary, the Queen of Peace. To everyone, Christians, believers, and men and women of good will, I say: Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace. The aspiration for peace will not be disappointed for ever. Work for peace, inspired by charity which does not pass away, will produce its fruits. Peace will be the last word of History.
John Paul II, December 8, 1978

O Mary! We set out on this special path of salvation history, which is kept alive in your heart as Mother of God. To you we entrust the days of the New Year, the future of the Church, the future of humanity, the future of the entire universe. Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Peace, watch over us. Mary, Salus Populi Romani, pray for us. Amen!
Pope John Paul, January 2000


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