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Pope resumes weekly general audience, recalls WYD 2013



September 04, 2013 - Pope Francis resumed his general audience on Wednesday, Sept. 4, after a 2-month summer break. His last general audience was on June 26. The weekly public meeting is an occasion for pilgrims and tourists to be able to see and hear the Pope, and also receive his blessing. The general audience of Sept 4 was held in the open, in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square. It began with various aides reading a passage from the Gospel of Matthew in several languages. Listen to Scripture passage: RealAudioMP3

At Wednesday’s audience Pope Francis chose to speak about his visit to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day, July 22-28. He delivered his main discourse in Italian, summaries of which were then read out by aides in various languages, including in English. But first, the aide greeted the Pope on behalf of the English-speaking pilgrims.
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... Dear Brothers and Sisters: today I would like to speak about my recent visit to Brazil for World Youth Day. As someone from the Americas, I thank the Lord who in his providence gave me this beautiful gift! I also thank Our Lady of Aparecida for her constant presence. Reiterating my thanks to the civil and ecclesiastical authorities, I want to say how wonderful the Brazilians are! There are three words I would use to describe my visit: welcome, celebration and mission. The World Youth day was firstly characterized by the welcome extended to all of us; every visit has its challenges, but they can be transformed by a great welcome. Next, celebration: the culmination of World Youth Day is experienced when we praise the Lord, listen to his word and adore him in silence. The third element is mission: Our Lord said “Go […] and make disciples of all nations”. Then he added, “I am with you always”. This is essential! It is only with Christ that we can bring the Gospel to others. Welcome, celebration, mission: may these words not simply remind us of Rio, but be a source of inspiration for our lives and communities.
... I offer an affectionate greeting to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Wales, Malta, Ethiopia, Australia, South Korea, Canada and the United States. May your stay in the Eternal City confirm you in love for our Lord and his Church. God bless you all! (Pope's Blessing)





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