After the Mass on Sunday 10 May 2009, the Holy Father recited the
Regina Coeli with the faithful, and gave the following address.
During the Mass I spoke about the prophetic charism of women as
bearers of love, teachers of mercy and artisans of peace. The supreme
example of womanly virtue is the Blessed Virgin Mary: the Mother of
Mercy and Queen of Peace. As we turn to her now, let us seek her
maternal intercession for all the families of these lands, that they may
truly be schools of prayer and schools of love. Let us ask the Mother of
the Church to look down in mercy upon all the Christians of these lands,
and with the help of her prayers, may they be truly one in the faith
they profess and the witness they bear. Let us ask her who responded so
generously to the angelís call, and accepted her vocation to become the
Mother of God, to give courage and strength to all young people today
who are discerning their vocations, so that they too may generously
dedicate themselves to carrying out the Lordís will.
In this season of Eastertide, it is with the title Regina Coeli that
we call upon the Blessed Virgin. As a fruit of the Redemption won by her
Sonís death and resurrection, she too was raised to everlasting glory
and crowned Queen of Heaven. With great confidence in the power of her
intercession, with joy in our hearts and with love for our glorious
ever-Virgin Mother, we turn to her now and ask for her prayers.
[Original text: English]