St Peter's Square
Sunday, 16 June 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
At the end of this
Eucharistic Celebration dedicated to the Gospel of Life,
I am pleased to recall that yesterday Odardo Focherini,
husband and father of seven children, a journalist, was
beatified in Carpi. Arrested and incarcerated in hatred
of his Catholic faith, he died in the concentration camp
of Hersbruck in 1944 at the age of 37. He saved many
Jews from Nazi persecution. Together with the Church in
Carpi, let us give thanks to God for this witness to the
Gospel of Life!
I warmly thank all of you who have come from Rome and
from many parts of Italy and of the world, especially
the families and those who are more directly involved in
the promotion and protection of life.
I cordially greet the 150 members of the Association
“Grávida”-Argentina, gathered in the city of Pilar.
Thank you so much for what you have done! Have courage
and go forward!
Finally, I greet the many participants in the
Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally as well as those from
the Motoclub Polizia di Stato [State Police Motoclub].
Let us turn now to Our Lady, entrusting all human
life, especially the most fragile, helpless and
threatened, to her motherly protection.