NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Knights of Columbus has launched a campaign asking Catholics to pray daily for Pope Benedict XVI, the church and the election of a new pope.

The K of C are also asking people to get involved by: pledging to pray at – your name will be brought to the installation Mass for the new pope; sending prayerful support to Pope Benedict XVI directly by tweeting, “I am praying for you” and the hashtag #prayerforthechurch to the pope’s twitter account @pontifex; distributing the prayer (below) written by K of C Chaplain Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.

Prayer for the Church
O Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme Pastor of Your Church,
we thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI
and the selfless care with which he has led us
as Successor of Peter, and Your Vicar on earth.

Good Shepherd, who founded Your Church
on the rock of Peter’s faith
and have never left Your flock untended,
look with love upon us now,
and sustain Your Church in faith, hope, and charity.

Grant, Lord Jesus, in Your boundless love for us,
a new Pope for Your Church
who will please You by his holiness
and lead us faithfully to You,
who are the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Prayer cards are also available from the K of C for use by parishes, schools or local K of C councils by calling (203) 752-4483 or emailing

For more information, visit or follow the campaign on Twitter @KofC.