VATICAN CITY, OCT. 26, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of John Paul II’s midday address before praying the Angelus with thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters!
1. I still feel vividly in my spirit the intense emotions lived these past few days, during which so many people were united to me on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of my pontificate. I renew my gratitude above all to God, rich in mercy, for these 25 years of ministry in the service of the Church. Moreover, I wish to express my profound gratitude to my Brother Cardinals, Patriarchs, and Bishops, who came in such great numbers to participate in this jubilee celebration, expressing also in this way their sincere communion with the See of Peter.
Likewise, I thank the Heads of State and the authorities of so many countries, who have sent their congratulations.
Finally, I express my heartfelt gratitude to the priests, consecrated persons, and all the faithful, who were united spiritually with me with their good wishes and precious gift of prayer. I am thinking particularly of the sick, who were close to me with the offering of their sufferings.
Nor were testimonies lacking from Christians of other Confessions, as well as followers of other Religions. My heartfelt gratitude to all!
2. I pray the Lord to reward you, dear Brothers and Sisters, for the affection and support you have shown me. I renew the commitment of my life and ministry to the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the Church. I repeat to her with filial abandonment: Totus tuus!
[Translation by ZENIT]