O Mary, Mother of God,
Thanks to you, on the day of the Annunciation,
At the dawn of the new era,
The whole human race with all its cultures
Rejoiced in recognizing itself as one family.
On the eve of a new Pentecost for Africa
The People of God turn to you and fervently pray:
May the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
Make the nations of Africa
Places of peace and human dignity.
Make the communities and cultures of Africa
Respect diversity while promoting unity.
May the peoples of this great Continent,
Your beloved sons and daughters,
May they be granted
Godís justice, love and peace.
Pope John Paul II,
would I call upon you to do, then?
me upon the griefs, the aches, the anguished cries
of the world in which we live.
Look out, and grieve. Look out, and ache. Look out, and feel its
But most of all, understand that
Christ, our Lord, lived and died and rose again, not
only that we might be redeemed to God,
but that we
might be redeemed to one another as well, and that
we might come to live out that redemption
building a community of justice and peace."