God our Father,
You, the Merciful,
the all-powerful in love,
You who are always attentive
to the cries of those who call upon you,
we turn to you with confidence.
We pray to you for our brother,
Protect him. Strengthen him in faith,
hope and charity.
Give him the strength
to stand firm in his new mission
which he did not choose,
in the hope that he will soon be released.
We pray for his captors: touch their hearts;
that they may understand that
you call us all to live together
in love and brotherhood.
To those who are working for his release,
inspire just decisions
that lead to a happy outcome.
We pray for all the other hostages;
that they all regain their freedom
and return to their families
as soon as possible.
Bless the Church-Family of Mali;
Our Lady of Africa,
watch over our brother Ha-Jo,
Watch over Mali. Amen