Pope’s Advent Message to Newlyweds: Follow Mary

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 1, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is proposing the “shining example of the Immaculate Virgin” as an aid in the lives of youth, those who suffer illnesses, and those who are newly married.

The Pope spoke of Our Lady today when he concluded the general audience with his traditional greeting to youth, the sick, and newlyweds.

“The time of Advent, just begun, presents to us in these days the shining example of the Immaculate Virgin,” he said. “May she be the one to spur you, dear young people, on your path of constant adherence to Christ; for you, dear sick, may Mary be the sustenance for a renewed hope; and for you, dear newlyweds, may the Mother of Jesus be your guide in building your family on the solid rock of faith.”