· At the Regina Caeli the Pope remembers Blessed Alois Andritzki and invokes the intercession of martyrs for world peace ·
At the end of the Eucharistic Celebration in the Vatican Basilica for the Solemnity of Pentecost the Holy Father reflected on this event before reciting the Regina Caeli with the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square. The following is a translation of the Pope’s reflection, which was given in Italian.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am pleased to recall that tomorrow in Dresden, Germany, Bl. Alois Andritzki will be beatified. He was a priest and martyr killed by the National Socialists [Nazis] in 1943 at the age of 28. Let us praise the Lord for this heroic witness of faith who is being added to the ranks of all those in concentration camps who gave their life in Christ’s name. I would like to entrust to their intercession, on this day of Pentecost, the cause of peace in the world. May the Holy Spirit inspire courageous resolutions of peace and sustain the commitment to carry them ahead, so that dialogue will prevail over weapons and respect for human dignity get the better of private interests. May the Spirit, who is the bond of communion, straighten hearts that selfishness has led astray and help the human family to rediscover and to preserve with watchfulness its fundamental unity.
The day after tomorrow, 14 June, is the World Day of Blood Donors, millions of people who silently contribute to helping their brothers and sisters in difficulty. To all donors I address a cordial welcome and invite young people to follow their example.
I offer a warm welcome to the English-speaking visitors gathered for this Regina Caeli prayer. My particular greeting goes to the group of ringers from the United States. On this Pentecost Sunday we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. Let us pray that we may be confirmed in the grace of our Baptism and share ever more actively in the Church’s mission of proclaiming the Good News of our salvation in Jesus Christ. Upon you and your families I cordially invoke the Holy Spirit’s gifts of wisdom, joy and peace.
I wish everyone a good Sunday.
St. Peter’s Square
Feb. 20, 2019
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