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Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Vatican City, 7 May 2014 (VIS) – At the end of today's general audience, in the greetings in different languages, the Pope addressed in German the relatives and friends of the new Swiss Guards who yesterday swore their allegiance and assured them that “the Holy Spirit will drive out all fear”. He went on to speak about the World Youth Day to be celebrated in Poland in 2016. “Let us begin our path towards the meeting in Poland”, he said; “Let us walk together, united in love and prayer, following St. John Paul II's invitation to be always young in the Holy Spirit”.

In Italian, he greeted the Red Cross volunteers who are celebrating 150 years since the foundation of this organisation; the families of the young people of the San Patrignano House, to whom he confirmed his support “against any type of drug abuse”, and the Italian Confcommercio Ascom Group from Padua, to whom he gave encouragement in this moment of economic difficulty.

The Pontiff also invited pilgrims to visit the tombs of the apostles so that “there might grow the Paschal joy of the Resurrection, which is also made manifest in certain charitable works”.Tomorrow, Thursday, the Church will recite the Supplication to Our Lady of Pompeii, the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Holy Rosary, and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin will be present. Therefore, he urged the faithful to invoke Mary's intercession “so that the Lord may grant mercy and peace to the Church and to all the world”, and encouraged them to take special care to pray the rosary during this month of May.

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