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We ask for the grace to be your witnesses of compassion and love in the public square. May the light of the Gospel and the joyful truth of the faith always be permitted to influence public debate, helping us to work for the common good and increasing our understanding of the unique dignity and beauty of every human person.

May we draw on faith and reason in all our interactions with others to present a coherent ethic of life where each new life is received as a precious gift from God. Grant that the right to freedom of religion and conscience is respected and that we will work together in an atmosphere of mutual understanding to build a society that values and affirms the goodness of every human life.