RADIO VATICAN REPORT: Vatican Radio - On a sunny June Sunday in Rome, Pope Benedict greeted the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Angelus. June 24th is the feast of Saint John the Baptist and it was on this figure of the Church that the Pope spoke of before the recitation of the Marian Prayer.
"This Sunday, we celebrate the birth of
John the Baptist, the great saint who prepared the way for our Lord. John was a
voice, crying in the wilderness, calling God’s people to repentance. Let us heed
his voice today, and make room for the Lord in our hearts."
Father explained that John’s conception to Mary’s elderly cousin Elizabeth is a
sign that “nothing is impossible to God”.
Pope Benedict described John
the Baptist as “the forerunner of Jesus, a messenger who prepares the way for
the Son of God.
Thirty years later continued the Pope, John begins
baptizing people in the Jordan river, hence the name “the Baptist”. He wanted
people to repent in preparation for the imminent coming of the
God, underlined the Holy Father, had a mission for this great
Saint. He was the one to Baptize Jesus and in his own violent death bore witness
to the Son of God and was the first to make Jesus known
Following the recitation of the Angelus, Pope Benedict,
speaking in Italian, told those gathered he was making a visit on Tuesday to the
areas in Northern Italy hit by a recent earthquake. He expressed the solidarity
of the whole church with those affected and he invited the faithful to pray for
all those in need.
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