TO THE PERSONNEL OF THE APOSTOLIC FLORERIA AND THEIR FAMILIES
Friday, 17 January 2014
I extend a cordial greeting to you and your families, dear friends.
In recent months I have come to realize how valuable your work is. It
principally concerns the logistical preparation of the audiences and
celebrations held in the Vatican Basilica, in St Peter’s Square, in the Paul
VI Hall, in the Apostolic Palace and in the other papal basilicas. The
arrangement of the areas for the various meetings of the Pope with pilgrims as
well as the different activities of the Holy See is an indispensable task to
ensure that the areas are attractive and functional.
Your work, which also includes the ordinary maintenance of the Vatican premises,
is demanding and requires a spirit of sacrifice and much patience. I am
thinking, for example, of the weekly work of arranging the thousands of chairs
for the pilgrims who come for the General Audiences; as well the tasks of your
various workshops. I offer you my heartfelt thanks for the care, professionalism
and availability with which you carry out your work. I encourage you to
persevere in fidelity to your duties and to maintain among yourselves a climate
of peace, mutual trust and goodness. This style of life and work will redound to
the benefit of the entire working community of the Vatican.
With these wishes, I invoke upon you and your families the protection of St
Joseph the Worker, who took care of the Holy Family, Jesus; and with affection I
impart my blessing to you. And before invoking Our Lady, let us ask Our Lady
also to watch over us. Hail Mary...