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Saint Peter's Square
Sunday, 14 October 2018



Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Before concluding this Holy Mass, I would like to greet and thank you all.

I thank my brother Cardinals and the numerous Bishops and priests from every part of the world.

I offer my respectful appreciation to the official Delegations of many countries who have come to pay homage to the new Saints who contributed to the spiritual and social progress of their respective nations. In particular, I greet Her Majesty Queen Sofia, the President of the Republic of Italy, the Presidents of Chile, El Salvador and Panama.

I address a special thought to His Grace, Archbishop Rowan Williams and to the Delegation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, with deep gratitude for their presence.

My greeting goes to all of you, dear pilgrims, as well as to all those who are following along by radio and television. In particular I greet the large acli group, who are most grateful to Pope Paul VI.

And now let us turn in prayer to the Virgin Mary, foremost and perfect disciple of the Lord, that she help us follow the example of the new Saints.

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