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Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord 2005

Pope John Paul II's words at the Angelus in St Peter's Square
- in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese & Spanish

"1. "We... have come to worship him" (Mt 2: 2). These words of the Magi which we heard in the Gospel are the theme of the next World Youth Day that will be held in Cologne this August. I invite the young people of Germany and their peers across the world to set out in spirit toward this important rendezvous, to discover the Face of God in Christ and in the Magi.

2. Epiphany is also the World Day of Missionary Children. Children are the present and future of the Church. They play an active role in the evangelization of the world and, with their prayers, help to save and improve it.

As I renew my prayers for the small victims of the tsunami in Asia, I cannot forget the children who are victims of hunger and disease, of war and terrorism, nor, in addition, those who are kidnapped, disappear or are exploited by despicable trafficking.

3. My grateful thoughts go to all those who are committed to protecting the littlest ones, and especially to the Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood.

"Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it" (Mk 10: 15). May Mary Most Holy, who today presents Christ to the peoples, help us to adore him with a child's heart."

After the Angelus

"Ai fratelli e alle sorelle delle Chiese Orientali che celebrano in questi giorni il Santo Natale rivolgo il mio cordiale augurio di pace e di letizia nel Signore.

Saluto i pellegrini presenti, in particolare i partecipanti al corteo storico-folcloristico, che quest’anno si ispira alle tradizioni del territorio di Fiumicino. Saluto inoltre i cresimandi di Villafranca Padovana con il Parroco, i catechisti e i genitori.

Buona festa dell’Epifania!"

JPII - Thursday, 6 January 2005 - © Copyright 2005 - Libreria Editrice Vaticana