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Pope’s Angelus Address at Canonization of Mother Teresa

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Pope’s Angelus Address at Canonization of Mother Teresa

Here is a ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ Angelus address following the canonization of Mother Teresa, held in St. Peter’s Square this morning:


Before the Angelus:

While we prepare to close this celebration, I wish to greet and thank all of you who have taken part.

First of all, all the Missionaries of Charity, who are the spiritual family of Mother Teresa. May your holy founder always watch you on your way and help you remain faithful to God, to the Church and to the poor.

With grateful deference, I greet the distinguished authorities present, in particular those of the countries linked to the figure of the new saint, as well as the official delegations and the numerous pilgrims who have come from these countries on this happy occasion. God bless your nations.

With affection, I greet all of you, dear volunteers and workers of mercy. I entrust you to the protection of Mother Teresa: May she teach you to contemplate and adore Jesus Crucified every day in order to recognize Him and serve Him in our need brothers and sisters. We also ask this grace also for all those who have joined us through the media, in every part of the world.

At this time, I would like to remember how much you serve others in difficult and risky environments. I am thinking especially of so many religious who give their lives unsparingly. We pray especially for Spanish missionary nun, Sister Isabel [Sister Isabel Sola Macas], who was killed two days ago in the capital of Haiti, a country so tormented, for which I pray for an end to such acts of violence and for greater security for all. We also remember other sisters that recently have experienced violence in other countries.

We do this by turning our prayers to the Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of all saints.


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