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Pope Francis Commemorates 35 years since Blessed John Paul II's Election to the Papacy

Vatican City, 16 October 2013 (VIS) – In his greetings in several languages at today's general audience, the Pope addressed, among others, the German students of the Mulhausen Liebfrauenschule. “Learn from St. Augustine who said, 'seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand'. May the Holy Spirit accompany you in your endeavours”.

“Today in Katowice”, he said to the Polish pilgrims, “an important cultural and religious event is taking place: a holy representation of the life and spirituality of St. Francis, with the participation of hundreds of actors and thousands of spectators. I express my wish to the organisers and participants that this artistic encounter with the 'Poverello' of Assisi may arouse in the hearts of all those present the love for God the Creator, respect for creation and true charity for all those in need of spiritual and material assistance”.

“I entrust all present, and your loved ones, to the heavenly intercession of Blessed John Paul II, on the thirty-fifth anniversary of his election to the Chair of St. Peter, and impart my heartfelt blessing”.

In Italian he warmly addressed the staff of the various embassies to the the Holy See, whom he thanked for their valuable work, and the delegates of the “Mouvement International Quart Monde”, “on the eve of the World Day for the Refusal of Misery and on World Food Day, convened by the United Nations”.


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