Pope Thanks Madrid Cardinal for WYD

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 29, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is assuring his gratitude to the people of Spain for his successful trip to their country for the 26th World Youth Day.

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The Spanish Episcopal Conference released an Aug. 22 thank you note that the Pontiff sent to the archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Rouco Varela.

«May each and every one of those who made possible this celebration of faith that we experienced together — cooperating in it in different ways and giving the best of themselves in its preparation, development and successful completion — know that they are joyfully in my heart,» the Holy Father wrote.

He said that he is praying to God that «He enrich all the children of those noble lands with an abundance of gifts of love and mercy, that will serve particularly the new generations to remain rooted and built up in Christ, firm in the faith and ready to proclaim to all the joy implied in living the Gospel fully, making it known with courage to those around us.»

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