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Knights of Columbus Launch ‘Prayer for the Church’

Faithful to pray during time of papal transition

The Knights of Columbus is asking its 1.8 million members and all Catholics to pray daily for the pope and the Church until a new pope is elected.

The Knights’ campaign comes at a time when Benedict XVI has publicly asked for prayers for himself, his successor and the Church, saying, “Continue to pray for me, for the Church, and for the future pope.”

The Knights are asking people to record their pledge to pray at PrayerfortheChurch.com. The names of those who have made the pledge online will be brought to the Installation Mass for the new pope. In addition, printed prayer cards are available from the Knights of Columbus for use by parishes, schools or local Knights of Columbus councils. Cards can be ordered by calling (203) 752-4483, or by emailing: communications@kofc.org.

The prayer, written by Knights of Columbus Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, reads:

O Lord Jesus Christ , Supreme Pastor of Your Church,
we thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI
and the selfless care with which he has led us
as Successor of Peter, and Your Vicar on earth.
Good Shepherd, who founded Your Church
on the rock of Peter's faith
and have never left Your flock untended,
look with love upon us now,
and sustain Your Church in faith, hope, and charity.
Grant, Lord Jesus, in Your boundless love for us,
a new Pope for Your Church
who will please You by his holiness
and lead us faithfully to You,
who are the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Amen.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said, “Until a new pope is elected, we ask Catholics worldwide to pledge to say this prayer daily for Pope Benedict, for the Church, and for our future pope, and to encourage their friends and families to do the same.”

The Knights of Columbus has worked closely with the Vatican during the pontificate of Pope Benedict. In December of 2012, at St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope addressed attendees of a conference co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. Supreme Knight Anderson serves on several Vatican committees, and has worked both with Pope Benedict XVI and with his predecessor Blessed John Paul II.

For more information visit PrayerfortheChurch.com or follow the campaign on Twitter @KofC.