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Pope Francis: welcome the message of Saints Peter and Paul

June 30, 2016

On June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis delivered an Angelus address in which he compared the two apostles to “grand lights,” not only “in the sky of Rome” but also “in the hearts of believers of East and West.”

The faith that is present in Rome today, the Pope told the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square, is a legacy of the “apostolic courage of these two sons of the Near East,” so different from one another—one a “humble fisherman,” the other a “doctor of the law.” They return today to the doors of our homes and our hearts, proclaiming Jesus, with “his merciful love, his consolation, his peace. We have so much need of this!”

After recalling the blessing of the pallia worn by metropolitan archbishops and the presence of a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Pope Francis concluded by entrusting the world, and especially Rome, to the Virgin Mary, Salus Populi Romani.

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