Almighty God and Father, we thank you for having desired that the Gospel of your Son resound in Africa and that the Holy Spirit dwell in the hearts of many Africans.
Renewed by the waters of baptism, many have been able to discover the beauty of being Christian and the joy of proclaiming Jesus Christ, even to the point of martyrdom.
We ask that you make us salt of the earth and light of the world.
Bless this Pan-African Congress of Catholic Laity so that we may rediscover that we are all responsible for the Church’s mission in various fields of apostolate.
Grant us a renewed commitment to justice, peace and reconciliation.
We ask this through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Africa,
Queen of Peace and Star of the New Evangelization.