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Prayers For New Pope

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, praying

Wednesday 13th March 2013

Prayers are being said following the announcement of Francis I as Pope.

Welcoming Francis I to his new role, Dr John Sentamu said:

"I am praying for Pope Francis I. Like St Francis of Assisi, I pray he'll be an instrument of peace and preach the Gospel - use words if he must."

The Church of England has issued the following prayer for the new Pope:

Almighty God,

Shepherd of souls,

we pray for Francis chosen to be Pope:

Guide him by your Spirit,

give him grace to lead people in prayer and zeal

and to follow in the footsteps

of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.


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