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Pope Appeals to Europe to “Maintain Its Christian Culture”

At the end of Today’s General Audience, When Greeting Groups of Faithful, the Holy Father Spoke of Two Saints Co-Patrons of Europe

At the end of the General Audience today, February 15, 2017, Pope Francis greeted the faithful who came to Paul VI Hall this morning.

The Holy Father then expressed special greetings to young people, the sick and newlyweds. He presented, to these three categories, the figures of Saints Cyril and Methodius, evangelizers of the Slav peoples and co-patrons of Europe.

“May their example help you, dear young people, to become missionary disciples in every environment; may their tenacity encourage you, dear sick, to offer your sufferings for the conversion of the estranged; may their love for the Lord illumine you, dear newlyweds, to make the Gospel the fundamental rule of your family life,” he said.

Saints Cyril and Methodius were at the heart of the Pontiff’s address during his greeting to the Polish-speaking faithful. “Again today, they remind Europe and all of us of the need to maintain unity in the faith, the tradition, the Christian culture and to live the Gospel every day,” he explained.

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