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Monday, September 3, 2007


VATICAN CITY, SEP 2, 2007 (VIS) - At 5 p.m. today the Pope met with a group of faithful at the Shrine of Loreto. The Holy Father had also visited the shrine yesterday evening for a period of private prayer following his meeting with young people on the esplanade of Montorso.

  The Holy Father thanked both the local mayor and Archbishop Gianni Danzi, prelate of Loreto and pontifical delegate to that Marian shrine, for the welcome they had given to him and to the thousands of young people.

  Despite the inconvenience that this kind of meeting inevitably brings, said Pope Benedict "the daily flow of pilgrims from all parts of Italy and from all over the world, represent a precious opportunity that you should value and appreciate. It is an invitation to grow in faith and in devotion to the Virgin.

  "Never forget," he added, "the great privilege you have of living in the shadow of the Holy House. Take advantage of this to maintain a filial dialogue of faith and love with Mary, our celestial Mother. The welcome you show visitors and faithful is a daily witness of the maternal love that, in this place, Mary wishes to dispense to all her sons and daughters, May the Holy House truly be the center and the heart of your city."

  At 5.45 p.m., the Pope's helicopter departed from the John Paul II Center at Montorso near Loreto, arriving at Castelgandolfo an hour later.
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