Francis: “Continue the journey of Advent with success”

The Holy Father’s words after the Marian prayer

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“A good continuation of the Advent journey,” said Pope Francis after the Angelus prayer this Sunday, 4 December 2022, to the pilgrims and faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square.

These are the Pope’s words after the Marian prayer:

After the Angelus, the Pope continued:

Dear brothers and sisters!

I affectionately greet all of you who come from Italy and from various countries: families, parishes, associations and individuals. I even see flags – Spanish, Polish, Argentinian – many. Welcome to everyone. In particular, I greet the Spanish pilgrims from Madrid, Salamanca, Bolaños de Calatrava and La Solana. In greeting those from Poland, I want to thank those who are supporting the Day of Prayer and the collection of funds for the Church in Eastern Europe.

I am happy to welcome Catholic Action from Aversa, along with Bishop Spinillo; as well as members of the faithful from Palermo, Sutrio and Saronno; the Confirmation candidates from Pattada, Diocese of Ozieri; and those from Sant’Enrico parish in Rome.

I wish everyone a good Sunday and a good continuation of the Advent journey. This Thursday, we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. To her intercession, let us entrust our prayer for peace, especially for the tortured Ukrainian people.

Please, do not forget to pray for me. Enjoy your lunch and arrivederci!