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Monday, March 25, 2019
Pope Francis celebrates the Annunciation
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In Mary’s ‘Holy House’ in Loreto, Pope Francis Offers Post-Synodal Document ‘Vive Cristo’ on Youth to Virgin Mary
On Annunciation of the Lord, Francis Says “I See Loreto As Privileged Place Where the Young Can Come Research Their True Vocation, at the School of Mary!”
This March 25th, marking the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, Pope Francis visited the Italian town of Loreto, on the Adriatic Sea.
On the occasion, Francis offered the Virgin Mary the Post-Synodal Exhortation of the Synod of Bishops on the theme: “Youth, faith and vocational discernment”, held in the Vatican from Oct. 3-28, 2018.
Loreto is a hill town in the Marche region of Italy, on the Adriatic Sea. The Basilica of the Holy House of Mary makes Loreto a popular pilgrimage site.
During the visit, the Pope celebrated Mass in the Holy House. At its conclusion, Francis signed the Post-Synodal Letter to the Youth, titled: ‘Vive Cristo, esperanza nuestra’. The Post-Synodal document, has not yet been released, but will likely be made available in the near future, also in its various languages.
Vive Cristo, esperanza nuestra is the opening of the original text in Spanish of the post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, whose text will subsequently be published with the signature of March 25.
After the Mass, the Holy Father greeted the Community of Capuchin Friars in the sacristy. In the Sanctuary, the Pope greeted the sick present and went out to the churchyard of the Sanctuary to meet the faithful, where we offered an address before praying the Angelus.
In the Square, Francis recalled to the faithful the words of the angel Gabriel to Mary telling her she would conceive a child who would save mankind from their sins and what this meant for the world.
“I think of Loreto as a privileged place where the young can come research their true vocation, at the school of Mary!” Francis shared, noting the House of Mary is also a “home of the family” and a “home of the ill.”
Pope Francis concluded, blessing those present and praying to Mary to help all people, especially the young, in their journey for peace, and to bring help and comfort to all those in difficulty.