St. Francis did not say, "Make me an instrument of your peace"

The authenticit of atttribution of the “St. Francis Peace Prayer” has always been in doubt. Now, L’Osservatore Romano confirms that it was originally published in the early 20th Century. It was a French prayer, which Benedict XV had published in L’Osservatore Romano because it was such a nice prayer. Then prayer cards were printed with the prayer on one side and St. Francis on the other, leading to the popular belief that St. Francis wrote it.

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