Erzbischof Hans-Josef Becker

Holy Father, we thank Thee for your servitor, the priest Franz Stock, you have appointed to reunite two nations which were enemies during the war.

As an apostle of mercifulness and messenger of peace he helped those plagued and desperate humans by giving comfort and light in the darkness of hatred and violence.

Due to his service as messenger of hope and his testimonial of humanity Franz Stock was an untiring master builder of reconciliation between the German and the French people.

Our Lord, filled with confidence we pray to Thee:

Make the example of his life always be present among our people so we can contribute to peace and unity of Europe.

Guide us and our church leaders in all their efforts to make your servant Franz Stock an apostle of mercifulness and messenger of your peace so that the light of his testimonial of faith will shine among us and will become a source of power for many people.

We pray to Thee through Your Son Jesus Christ, our Brother and Lord, who lives and reins with You and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

Archbishop Hans-Josef Becker, Paderborn