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Pope devotes Wednesday audience to talk on pallium, anniversary of ordination

Catholic World News - June 30, 2011

At his midday public audience on Wednesday, June 29—the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul--Pope Benedict XVI interrupted his series of weekly talks on prayer to speak about the day’s ceremonies, the imposition of the pallium on new archbishop’s and the 60th anniversary of his own ordination to the priesthood.

The Pontiff began his audience with an apology for being late, explaining that the morning’s “Mass in honor of Sts. Peter and Paul was long and beautiful.” During that ceremony, he reminded the crowd in St. Peter’s Square, “I imposed the pallium on 40 metropolitan archbishops, as an expression of their communion with the bishop of Rome in the mission to guide the people of God to salvation.” The Pope thanked the crowd for their presence on the feast day. He continued:

Above all, I am grateful to the Lord for His call and for the ministry He has entrusted to me. I thank everyone who, on this occasion, has expressed support for my mission with prayer, the prayer which incessantly rises to God from all ecclesial communities, and becomes adoration of the Eucharistic Christ, increasing the power and freedom to announce the Gospel.

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