Dear Roman friends, and all of you who live in this city! While we are busy in daily activities, let us listen to Mary’s voice. Let us hear her silent but pressing appeal. She says to each one of us: Where sin increased, grace can overflow, beginning precisely from your heart and your life! And the city will be more beautiful, more Christian, more human. Thank you, Holy Mother, for this your message of hope. Thank you for your silent but eloquent presence in the heart of our city. Immaculate Virgin, “Salus Populi Romani,” pray for us!
• from Benedict XVI’s address to the people of Rome when he visited the statue of the Immaculate Conception at the Spanish Steps yesterday, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Dear children! Today I invite you to comprehend your Christian vocation. Little children, I led and am leading you through this time of grace, that you may become conscious of your Christian vocation. Holy martyrs died witnessing: “I am a Christian and love God over everything.” Little children, today also I invite you to rejoice and be joyful Christians, responsible and conscious that God called you in a special way to be joyfully extended hands toward those who do not believe, and that through the example of your life, they may receive faith and love for God. Therefore, pray, pray, pray that your heart may open and be sensitive for the Word of God. Thank you for having responded to my call.
• Message of Our Lady of Medjugorje, November 25, 1997