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Loving God,
Open our ears to hear the cries
of our sisters and brothers
and of the earth, our common home.

Open our eyes to the scandal
of poverty and injustice
in the world.

Open our hearts to feel
the pain, the hurt,
the hunger of one another.

Open our mouths to speak
of the dignity of each person,
precious in your sight.

Open our arms wide
to reach out with compassion
so that all distance vanishes.

Open our hearts to share your love
and our hope of a world
where no one is beyond reach.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord,

Prayer by Catherine Gorman/CAFOD