South Africa: Church issues Soccer World Cup prayer

The South African Bishops have just issued a special prayer, ahead of the Soccer World Cup which takes place from 11 June - 11 July 2010. The SABC has already set up a special website for the World Cup.

Almighty God,
creator of all, as people from every nation gather with excitement and enthusiasm for the 2010 World Soccer Cup may South Africans be good hosts, our visitors welcomed guests and the players from every team be blessed with good sportsmanship and health.

May your Spirit of fairness, justice and peace prevail amongst players and all involved. May each contribute in his own positive ways to prevent, control and fight crime and corruption, hooliganism of any kind and exploitation and abuse, especially of those most vulnerable. May those far away from home and those in their families find much joy in this occasion to celebrate the beautiful game of soccer and the beautiful game of life according to Your plan for the common good of all.


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