St. John Paul II visited the small country of Kazakhstan in 2001, greeting the people there and celebrating Mass for the small Catholic community.
While there, he recognized the example the people of Kazakhstan give in co-existing with one another in peace.
Here is a prayer St. John Paul II prayed during his homily at the Cathedral of the Vergin of Perpetual Help.
Mary, Queen of Peace, sustain these your children.
Today they entrust themselves to you with renewed confidence.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, from this Cathedral you embrace the whole Catholic community.
Help the faithful to be generous and committed in bearing witness to their faith,
so that the Gospel of your Son may resound throughout these vast, immense and beloved lands. Amen!