Pope Francis’ Address to Argentines Gathered in Plaza De Mayo

Here is the translation of Pope Francis’ address to his fellow Argentines gathered in Plaza De Mayo prior to the Inauguration of the Petrine Ministry Mass held in St. Peter’s Square. 

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Dear children, I know you are in the square. I know you are praying and saying prayers, I need them very much. It is so beautiful to pray. Thank you for that.

I want to ask you a favor. I want to ask that we all walk together, to take care of one for the other, take care of each other, do not hurt each other, take care of yourselves, take care of your lives. Take care of the family, take care of nature, take care of children, take care of the elderly; that there may be no hate, no fights, leave aside envy, do not speak ill of anybody. Dialogue amongst each other, so that in all of you may live the desire to care for one another.

That your hearts may grow and come close to God. God is good, He always forgives, understands, do not be afraid of Him; He is Father, be close to Him. May the Virgin bless you, do not forget this bishop who is far but loves you very much. Pray for me.

[Translation by Junno Arocho Esteves]

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