God our Father, in Saints Cornelius and Cyprian you have given your people an inspiring example of dedication to the pastoral ministry and constant witness to Christ in their suffering. May their prayers and faith give us courage to work for the unity of your Church. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Saint Cornelius and Saint Cyprian, pray for us, for Pope Francis and for all bishops.
Saint Cyprian always makes me think of some of our African bishops who have taken such a strong stance against western immorality and compromise. I was looking at the list of participants for the Synod on the Fanily. Yes, it is depressing to see some of the liberals pickled by the Holy Father, but the presence of so many African bishops is reassuring.