In his words to those gathered the Pope said that the audience offered him the opportunity to express appreciation for their commitment to concretely supporting various projects, aimed especially at welcoming pilgrims and visitors here at the Vatican.
With your contribution, he continued, “you express the traditional values of faith, hard work and solidarity so rooted in your land. There is a great need in our days for people who know how to make a courageous testimony of the moral values taught by the Gospel.”
The Pontiff went on to encourage them “to continue in your intention to spread a culture of acceptance and a be model of open and fraternal life, in harmony with our dignity as children of God.”
Importance of family
May your families, Pope Francis stressed, “be true "domestic churches" founded on the Word of Jesus , on love for the Church and service to life.”
With this foundation, he concluded, “they will thus constitute schools of human and Christian values for new generations. Generously spread the gospel seed of charity in the places where Providence calls you to work.”