· The Pope at the Regina Caeli ·
Like branches joined to the vine: this is the Gospel image the Pope used to describe the task which is incumbent on Christians through Baptism. “It is indispensable”, he urged to the faithful present in St Peter's Square on Sunday morning, 6 May, before reciting the Regina Caeli, “to remain ever united to Jesus, to depend on him, because without him we can do nothing”. Every believer, he explained “is like a vine that only thrives if its union with the Lord is tended every day in prayer, in participation in the sacraments and in charity”.
At the Marian prayer, Benedict XVI also greeted the organizers of the World Meeting of Families, scheduled in a month in Milan, and the members of the Association of Meter which is committed to helping children who are victims of violence. At the end, he greeted the new recruits of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, who participated in the traditional swearing-in ceremony in the Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father also addressed the corps in an audience on Monday morning, 7 May, in the Clementine Hall.
Also the Pontiff speaks about the real nature of the personal relationship of love between Christ and man in the letter sent to Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg and President of the German Bishops' Conference about the German translation of the words "pro multis” in the Eucharistic prayer of Mass.
St. Peter’s Square
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