JOHN PAUL II
Solemnity of the Epiphany
Adoring Christ with a child's heart
1. "We... have come to worship him" (Mt 2: 2). These words of the Magi which we heard in the Gospel are the theme of the next World Youth Day that will be held in Cologne this August. I invite the young people of Germany and their peers across the world to set out in spirit toward this important rendezvous, to discover the Face of God in Christ and in the Magi.
As I renew my prayers for the small victims of the tsunami in Asia, I cannot forget the children who are victims of hunger and disease, of war and terrorism, nor, in addition, those who are kidnapped, disappear or are exploited by despicable trafficking.
"Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it" (Mk 10: 15).
May Mary Most Holy, who today presents Christ to the peoples, help us to adore him with a child's heart.
I extend my cordial greetings of peace and joy in the Lord to our brothers and sisters of the Eastern Churches who are celebrating Holy Christmas in these days.
I greet the pilgrims present, especially those taking part in the historical and folkloric procession that is inspired this year by the traditions of the Fiumicino area. I also greet the candidates for Confirmation from Villafranca Padovana with their parish priest, catechists and parents.
I wish you a happy feast day!
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