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Pope Francis´ prayer: remembering of the victims of migration

Merciful God, ; we pray to you for all the men, women and children ; who have died after leaving their homelands in search of a better life. ; Though many of their graves bear no name, ; to you each one is known, loved and cherished. ; May we never forget them, but honour their sacrifice ; with deeds more than words. ; We entrust to you all those who have made this journey, ; enduring fear, uncertainty and humiliation, ; in order to reach a place of safety and hope. ; Just as you never abandoned your Son ; as he was brought to a safe place by Mary and Joseph, ; so now be close to these, your sons and daughters, ; through our tenderness and protection. ; In caring for them may we seek a world ; where none are forced to leave their home ; and where all can live in freedom, dignity and peace. ; ; Merciful God and Father of all, ; wake us from the slumber of indifference, ; open our eyes to their suffering, ; and free us from the insensitivity ; born of worldly comfort and self-centredness. ; Inspire us, as nations, communities and individuals, ; to see that those who come to our shores are our brothers and sisters. ; May we share with them the blessings we have received from your hand, ; and recognize that together, as one human family, ; we are all migrants, journeying in hope to you, our true home, ; where every tear will be wiped away, ; where we will be at peace and safe in your embrace.