Pope Greets Mothers on Their Day

VATICAN CITY, MAY 8, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI sent a greeting to mothers during his address before praying the Regina Caeli.

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“I bless and greet your parents and all your friends. My best wishes to all, in particular, to mothers,” said the Pope said today after delivering the address from the window of his study overlooking St. Peter’s Square.

He also greeted some 2,000 students from schools of Rome and neighboring areas gathered in the square to hear the Holy Father and to participate in the 35th Spring Marathon “School Festival.”

The young athletes launched the marathon with a choreographed display in the center of St. Peter’s Square on the theme “Europe and Music.” It concluded with balloons released into the air with prayer messages to Mary.

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