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Pope today entrusts social conflicts to Queen of Peace

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Antoine Mekary | ALETEIA

Pope Francis celebrates the Corpus Domini after a procession from St. John at the Lateran Basilica to St. Mary Major Basilica to mark the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, on June 18, 2017 in Rome

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 08/15/17

Prays for a future of serenity and concord

Pope Francis today entrusted those suffering from social tensions to Our Lady, Queen of Peace.

He made this prayer after leading the midday Angelus with crowds in St. Peter’s Square who were celebrating today’s feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven, Vatican Radio reported.

The pope’s reflection focused on Mary’s visit to Elizabeth and the joy that the Mother of God brought to her cousin, as recounted in the Gospel of the day’s liturgy.

In the house of Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah, Francis said, “the coming of Jesus through Mary creates not only a climate of joy and fraternal communion, but also a climate of faith that leads to hope, to prayer, to praise.”

We want these same things for our own homes, the pope reflected.

“Celebrating Mary Most Holy, Assumed into Heaven,” he said, “we would like her, once more, to bring to us, to our families, to our communities, that immense Gift, that unique Grace that we must always seek first and above all other graces that we have at heart: the grace that is Jesus Christ!”

At the end of his meditation, the pope made an entrustment to Our Lady, Queen of Peace.

He offered to her “the anxieties and sorrows of peoples who, in many parts of the world, are suffering on account of natural calamities, of social tensions or of conflicts.”

He prayed, “May our heavenly Mother obtain consolation for all, and a future of serenity and of concord.”

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