Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 23 October 2013 -
Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the Church, we now look to the Virgin Mary who, as the Second Vatican Council reminds us, is "the model of the Church in the order of faith, charity and perfect union with Christ" (Lumen Gentium, 63). As a daughter of Israel, Mary responded in faith to God's call and became the Mother of his Son. She teaches us to live a life of faith by her obedience to God's will and by her unfailing devotion to Jesus and his work. Mary also models the Church's charity, born of faith, which brings the joy and peace of Christ's presence to others and to our world. Finally, Mary models the Church's union with Christ through her constant prayer and participation in the mysteries of his life, death and resurrection. As Mother of the Church, may Mary, by her prayers, bring us ever closer to the Lord, open our hearts to share his transforming and redeeming love, and inspire us to put our firm faith in God's word, trusting in his goodness and his gracious plan for us and for our world.
Saluto tutti i pellegrini di lingua inglese presenti a questa Udienza, specialmente quelli provenienti da Inghilterra, Irlanda, Danimarca, Norvegia, Paesi Bassi, India, Giappone, Filippine, Thailandia, Guam, Canada e Stati Uniti. Rivolgo un caloroso benvenuto al Gruppo Inter-Parlamentare del Regno Unito sulla Santa Sede, con un augurio cordiale per gli incontri di questi giorni. Su tutti voi e sulle vostre famiglie invoco la gioia e la pace del Signore!
I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims present at today's Audience, including those from England, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, India, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Guam, Canada and the United States. In a particular way I welcome the United Kingdom's All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Holy See, with cordial good wishes for their meetings in these days. Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke God's blessings of joy and peace!
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