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Angelus: On the Newly Canonized Saints

“I wish you a peaceful, happy Sunday with the joy of these new Saints.”

Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s address prior to the recitation of the Angelus prayer at the conclusion of the Canonization Mass of six new Saints. 

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Dear brothers and sisters,

At the conclusion of this celebration, I would like to greet all of you who have come to honor the new Saints, especially the official Delegations from Italy and India.

May the example of the four Italian saints, born in the provinces of Vicenza, Naples, Cosenza and Rimini, help the dear Italian people to revive the spirit of collaboration and harmony for the common good and to look with hope towards the future, trusting in the closeness of God who never abandons us, even in difficult moments.

Through the intercession of the Indian Saints, from Kerala, a great land of faith and priestly and religious vocations, may the Lord grant a new missionary impulse to the Church in India, which is very great, so that inspired by their example of harmony and reconciliation, Christians from India may continue on the path of solidarity and fraternal coexistence.

I affectionately greet the Cardinals, Bishops, priests, as well as the families, parish groups, associations and schools present. With filial love, we turn now to the Virgin Mary, mother of the Church, Queen of Saints and model of all Christians.

After the final blessing, the Pope said the following: 

I wish you a peaceful, happy Sunday with the joy of these new Saints. I ask you to please pray for me. Have a good lunch and goodbye.

[Translation by Junno Arocho Esteves]

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