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Pope’s general audience of May 15

May 15, 2013 - One of the routine activities of the Pope is his weekly general audience on Wednesday, a public meeting during which pilgrims and tourists who come to Rome have a chance of seeing and hearing him speak and also receive his blessing. The general audience of May 15th was held in the open, in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square. It began with several aides reading a passage from the Gospel of St. John in several languages on which the Pope based his discourse.
Listen to scripture reading: RealAudioMP3

The main discourse of Pope Francis was in Italian. Several aides presented him the language groups present at the audience, including an Indian group from St. Patrick’s Church, Chennai, and another from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The aides then greeted the Pope on behalf of the groups.

Listen: RealAudioMP3
Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our catechesis on the Creed, we have been considering the person and work of the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus calls “the Spirit of Truth” (cf. Jn 16:130). In an age skeptical of truth, we believe not only that truth exists, but that it is found through faith in Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God. The Holy Spirit brings us to Jesus; he guides the whole Church into the fullness of truth. As the “Paraclete”, the Helper sent by the Risen Lord, he reminds us of Christ’s words and convinces us of their saving truth. As the source of our new life in Christ, he awakens in our hearts that supernatural “sense of the faith” by which we hold fast to God’s word, come to a deeper understanding of its meaning, and apply it in our daily lives. Let us ask ourselves: am I truly open, like the Virgin Mary, to the power of the Holy Spirit? Even now, with the Father and the Son, the Spirit dwells in our hearts. Let us ask him to guide us into all truth and to help us grow in friendship with Christ through daily prayer, reading of the Scriptures and the celebration of the sacraments.

Pope Francis greeted the various language groups in Italian and Spanish, and concluded Wednesday’s general audience with his blessing. Receive the Pope’s blessing:RealAudioMP3


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