Hear my voice,
for it is the voiceHear my voice,
of the victims of all wars and violence
among individuals and nations.
for it is the voiceHear my voice
of all children who suffer and who will suffer
when people put their faith in weapons and war.
when I beg you to instilHear my voice,
into the hearts of all human beings
the vision of peace,
the strength of justice
and the joy of fellowship.
for I speak for the multitudesHear my voice
in every country and in every period of history
who do not want war
and are ready to walk the road of peace.
and grant insight and strengthO God, hear my voice,
so that we may always respond
to hatred with love,
to injustice with total dedication to justice,
to need with the sharing of self,
to war with peace.
and grant to the world your everlasting peace.Amen
-a prayer offered by Pope John Paul II at Hiroshima, Japan in 1981
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