Prayers For New Pope
Wednesday 13th March 2013Prayers 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:
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.