The Holy Father, Pope Francis is visiting Iraq from 5th to 8th March. We pray for the mission of peace and hope that his visit will bring to the Christian community in Iraq and the surrounding region. Pray for the safety of Pope Francis and all involved in this historic trip.
Below is the prayer that Iraqis are reciting in anticipation of the Popes visit and we are all encouraged to pray during his visit.
Lord our God, grant Pope Francis health and safety to carry out successfully this eagerly awaited visit. Bless his effort to promote dialogue, enhance fraternal reconciliation, build confidence, consolidate peace values and human dignity, especially for us Iraqis who have been through painful "events" that affected our lives.
Lord and Creator, enlighten our hearts with Your light, to recognize goodness and peace, and to realize them.
Mother Mary, we entrust Pope Francis' visit to your maternal care so that the Lord may grant us the grace of living in full national communion, and to cooperate fraternally to build a better future for our country and our citizens. Amen.