Sunday, September 12, 2010

Pope: Pray for my apostolic visit to the UK
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Castel Gandolfo (AsiaNews) - At the conclusion of reflection before the Angelus, Benedict XVI recalled that on September 16 he will travel to Great Britain for the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman. "I ask everyone – he said - to accompany me with prayer during this apostolic visit”. His request was greeted by a deafening applause from the pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo...

The pope repeated his request for prayers for this trip, even in greetings in French.

Earlier, Benedict XVI summed up the sense of today’s Gospel, chapter 15 of St. Luke's - in which Jesus tells the three parables of mercy: that of the lost sheep, the lost drachma, and of the father and prodigal son. "The shepherd who finds the lost sheep - he explained - is the Lord himself who takes sinful humanity upon himself and through the cross redeem it”.

"Dear friends - he added - how can we fail to open our hearts to the certainty that, while sinners we are loved by God? He never tires of coming to meet us, he is always the first to travels the path that separates us from Him..."

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