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Pope’s prayer to Our Lady for future of Europe, “which has been on my mind”

Pope Francis overlooking the city with Hungary's President Katalin Novak and Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban after a meeting with the authorities

Photo by Handout / VATICAN MEDIA / AFP

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 04/30/23

... to give the younger generations a future of hope, not war, a future full of cradles not tombs, a world of brothers and sisters, not walls and barricades.

Nearing the end of his three-day trip to Hungary, Pope Francis turned to the special advocation by which Hungarians invoke Our Lady, to ask her for peace, the Great Lady, or Queen, of Hungarians.

Here is the prayer the Pope said:

We now turn to Our Lady. To her, Magna Domina Hungarorum, whom you invoke as Queen and Patroness, I entrust all Hungarians. From this great city and from this noble country, I desire to entrust to her heart the faith and the future of the entire continent of Europe, which has been on my mind in these days and, in particular, the cause of peace.

Blessed Virgin, watch over the peoples who suffer so greatly. In a special way, watch over the neighbouring, beleaguered Ukrainian people and the Russian people, both consecrated to you.  

You, who are the Queen of Peace, instil in the hearts of peoples and their leaders the desire to build peace and to give the younger generations a future of hope, not war, a future full of cradles not tombs, a world of brothers and sisters, not walls and barricades.

To you do we turn, Holy Mother of God! After the resurrection of Jesus, you accompanied the first steps of the Christian community, helping the disciples to persevere as one in prayer (cf. Acts 1:14). You held the faithful together, guarding their unity by your docile and generous example.

We pray to you for the Church in Europe, that she may find strength in prayer, renewed humility and obedience, and be an example of convincing witness and joyful proclamation. To you we entrust this Church and this country. As you exulted in the resurrection of your Son, so fill our hearts with the joy of his presence.

The Pope then offered his thanks and final greetings to the people of Hungary, who responded with a warm, long ovation:

Dear brothers and sisters, this is my wish for you, that you may spread everywhere the joy of Christ. Isten éltessen! [Best wishes!].  With gratitude for these days, I keep you in my heart and I ask you to pray for me. Isten áld meg a magyart! [God bless the Hungarians!]

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