Greetings to the Citizens at Münsterplatz

Author: Pope Benedict XVI

Greetings to the Citizens at Münsterplatz

Pope Benedict XVI

On Saturday afternoon, 24 September 2011, after visiting the Cathedral of Freiburg im Breisgau, the Holy Father addressed the citizens gathered at Münsterplatz.

Dear Friends,

With great joy I greet you all and I thank you for your kind welcome. After the wonderful meetings that took place in Berlin and Erfurt, I am happy now to be here in Freiburg with you. A special word of thanks goes to Archbishop Robert Zollitsch for his invitation and his gracious words of welcome.

"Where God is, there is a future", as the motto of this Pastoral Visit reminds us. As the Successor of Saint Peter, who was commissioned by the Lord to strengthen his brethren (cf. Lk 22:32), I too have come willingly to you, in order to pray together with you, to proclaim the word of God and to celebrate the Eucharist. I ask for your prayers, that these days will be fruitful, that God will deepen our faith, strengthen our hope and increase our love. During these days, may we become aware once more how much God loves us and how good he is, so that we may trustingly place ourselves and all our cares and concerns into his hands. In him our future is assured: he gives meaning to our lives and can bring them to fulfilment. May the Lord accompany you in peace and make you messengers of joy!

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