JOHN PAUL II
Sunday 4 November 2001
1. At the
end of the Mass we are full of gratitude, because the Lord does not cease to
raise up strong witnesses of the Gospel among His people. Today we celebrate
the memory of St Charles Borromeo. I thank Cardinal Bernardin Gantin for the
warm words and good wishes that he addressed to me, in the name of all those
present, at the beginning of this Celebration. I wish to take this occasion
to thank all of those who have offered to me their best wishes for my
name-day celebration, and I exchange these wishes, with all my heart, with
prayer, which I offer especially for those who carry the name of the great
Bishop of Milan.
I warmly welcome the Italian-speaking pilgrims, who have come in great
numbers to pay homage to the new Blesseds, among whom there are four
Italians. My dears, follow the "high standard" of Christian life, that they
showed everyone through their splendid witness.
2. At this moment of the Angelus, I want to remember St Charles Borromeo,
whose memory we celebrate today. To my heavenly patron, I offer in homage
the beatification of his intimate friend and confidant, Bartholomew of the
Martyrs. I take this occasion also to greet and thank the representation
from Portugal present at this ceremony, that honoured one of its most important
3. I now greet the Bishops, the civil authorities, the religious of the
Missionary Work of Jesus and Mary, along with all of the faithful who have
had the joy of participating in this solemn ceremony of beatification, in
which Mother María Pilar Izquierdo was raised to the honours of the altar.
Through her intercession may you always be inspired to work, with generosity
and love, in the service of all, without being stopped by difficulties.
4. I give a warm welcome to the Slovak pilgrims. In a special way I greet
the President of the Slovak Republic, Mr Rudolf Schuster. Dear Brothers and
Sisters, the beatification of the martyrs Bishop Pavel Peter Gojdic and the
Redemptorist Methodius Dominic Trcka, is a time of joy for you. I exhort you
to follow their example of faith and charity and I implore their protection
for the beloved Slovak people.
5. I extend a warm greeting to the Czech pilgrims, who are here to
participate in the solemn beatification of Methodius Dominic Trcka, native
of Frędland nad Ostravici, in Moravia. I entrust all of you here present,
together with your entire beloved Nation, to the heavenly protection of this
new Blessed, exhorting you to follow his heroic example of faithfulness to
the Gospel, service to the Church, and devotion to his brothers.
6. We express our gratitude as sons and daughters to the Blessed Mother,
contemplating her at the centre of the immense choir of Saints and Blesseds.
Thanks to her maternal guidance, each of them finished their earthly journey,
reaching, through many trials, the glory of heaven.
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