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To Sarajevo in the sign of peace

· ​At Angelus the Pope announces his visit on 6 June and makes a new appeal to defend life from conception to natural death ·

The Pope will go to Sarajevo on 6 June. The Holy Father announced this at the Angelus on Sunday, 1 February, in St Peter's Square, asking the faithful to pray so that his visit to those “beloved peoples may be encouragement for faithful Catholics, give rise to the leaven of good, and contribute to the consolidation of fraternity, peace, interreligious dialogue and friendship”.

Following his announcement of the visit — the Pope's third in Europe, the first to Albania 21 September 2014, and then to Strasbourg on 25 November 2014 — the Holy Father called to safeguard life from conception to natural death. On Sunday Italy celebrated a day dedicated to life and the Pope joined the bishops in “urging renewed recognition of the human person and more appropriate care of life, from conception to its natural end”.

The Holy Father expressed his appreciation for associations, movements and those who work in the field. He recalled that “when one is open to life and serves life, one feels the revolutionary power of love and tenderness, inaugurating a new humanism: the humanism of solidarity, the humanism of life”

Francis had previously reflected on the Gospel passage when Jesus preaches in the Synagogue of Capernaum, recalling the necessity for “daily contact with the Gospel”, which is the “word of life: it does not oppress people, on the contrary, it frees those who are slaves to the many evil spirits of this world: the spirit of vanity, attachment to money, pride, sensuality”.

The Gospel — the Pope recalled — “changes the heart, changes life, transforms evil inclinations to good intentions. The Gospel is capable of changing people!”. It is the task of Christians, therefore, to “spread the redeeming power everywhere, becoming missionaries and heralds of the Word of God”.

The integral text of the Holy Father's address in Italian 

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St. Peter’s Square

Sept. 23, 2018

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