On Peace in India

«I Urge the Perpetrators of Violence to Renounce These Acts»

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VATICAN CITY, OCT. 12, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Here is the greeting Benedict XVI gave to English-speaking pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square today following the recitation of the Angelus.

The Pope prayed the Angelus after he celebrated Mass, canonizing four saints: Gaetano Errico, Maria Bernarda Butler, Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception and Narcisa de Jesús Martillo Morán.

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I cordially greet the English-speaking pilgrims, in particular the Official Delegation from India and all those who have come to celebrate the canonization of Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception. Her heroic virtues of patience, fortitude and perseverance in the midst of deep suffering remind us that God always provides the strength we need to overcome every trial. As the Christian faithful of India give thanks to God for their first native daughter to be presented for public veneration, I wish to assure them of my prayers during this difficult time. Commending to the providential care of Almighty God those who strive for peace and reconciliation, I urge the perpetrators of violence to renounce these acts and join with their brothers and sisters to work together in building a civilization of love. God bless you all!

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