Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

for justice and peace

To you, Creator of nature and humanity,
 of truth and beauty, I pray:

Hear my voice,
 for it is the voice
 of the victims of all wars and violence
 among individuals and nations.

Hear my voice,
 for it is the voice
 of all children who suffer and who will suffer
 when people put their faith in weapons and war.

Hear my voice
 when I beg you to instill
 into the hearts of all human beings
 the vision of peace,
 the strength of justice
 and the joy of fellowship. 

Hear my voice,
 for I speak for the multitudes
 in every country and in every period of history
 who do not want war
 and are ready to walk the road of peace.

Hear my voice
 and grant insight and strength
 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.

O God, hear my voice,
 and grant to the world your everlasting peace.

-Pope John Paul II at Hiroshima, Japan, 1981

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