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Friday, November 5, 2004


VATICAN CITY, NOV 4, 2004 (VIS) - John Paul II received a group of Polish pilgrims from the dioceses of Gdansk and Tarnow in Poland who came to express their best wishes to the Pope who today, the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, is celebrating his name day. He was baptized Karol, Polish for Charles.

  The Pope noted today's feast of St. Charles and recalled that "420 years have passed since his death. He was a zealous bishop, reformer of the Church after the Council of Trent, and a great supporter of the poor. His piety is based on the love of the Cross of Christ and the mystery of His death and resurrection. This love was expressed in the care he took to devoutly celebrate Mass and in the adoration of Christ present in the Eucharist."

  The Holy Father said he hoped that "St. Charles' example would be an inspiration for all of us as we live this particular period" of the Year of the Eucharist. Make he make us burn with love for the Savior, Who wished to remain with us in the species of bread and wine."
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