RNS VATICAN2 50

RNS VATICAN2 50
Pope John XXIII is carried on a papal throne to the opening session of the Second Vatican Council in 1962. John called for the council on Jan. 25, 1959. Religion News Service file photo

(RNS3-JAN26) Pope John XXIII is carried on a papal throne to the opening session of the Second Vatican Council in 1962. John called for the council on Jan. 25, 1959. For use with RNS-VATICAN2-50, transmitted Jan. 26, 2009. Religion News Service file photo.

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Kevin Eckstrom joined the Religion News Service staff in 2000 and became editor-in-chief in 2006.

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  • Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury,pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    and where there is sadness, joy.

    O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
    to be consoled as to console;
    to be understood as to understand;
    to be loved as to love.
    For it is in giving that we receive;
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

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