‘Father, we pray for your protection and guidance over our new Holy Father, Pope Francis I.
Give him strength and wisdom to stand as a prophet for our times. May he be a light in darkness around which we gather in hope.
We ask you to bring about reconciliation through his faithful teaching of peace and justice. Grant him compassion and care to live the gospel in love and service to all people. Let him follow in the path of St. Peter and St. Paul, who, filled with the Holy Spirit, preached that the Lord saves all who call upon his name.