ADDRESS OF JOHN PAUL II
Tuesday, 28 September 2004
Dear Officials and Officers of the Police Force,
As I prepare to leave the residence at Castel Gandolfo, I feel duty bound to express to you my esteem and appreciation of the generous and faithful service you carry out to enforce order and security.
I thank you for contributing to my serene and tranquil stay in this beautiful region. I hope you will always be witnesses to the values of justice, loyalty and a spirit of sacrifice, whose deepest source is love for God and for our neighbour.
For this I assure you of my remembrance in prayer and, as I invoke upon you and your families the motherly protection of Mary Most Holy, Virgo Fidelis, I impart my Apostolic Blessing to you all with affection.