(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday thanked Vatican security personnel for their service.
During his annual address to Officers and Agents of the General Inspectorate for Public Security at the Vatican, the Pope expressed appreciation for the work they carry out every day, as well as during pastoral visits in Italy.
“Our meeting today – he said - is even more significant because it is within the context of the Holy Year of Mercy, an event of spiritual significance, which has already seen the presence of many pilgrims in Rome from all over the world”.
The Pope pointed out that in a special way the members of public security are called to a greater commitment “to ensure that the celebrations and events connected with the special Jubilee” run smoothly and take place in an atmosphere of serenity and peace.
He said that although the Christmas season is over, the crib can still be viewed in St. Peter's Square - a reminder to safeguard within ourselves the mystery we have just celebrated.
And pointing to the Virgin Mary as a precious example, the Pope said that Mary offered us Jesus as the source of new life.
“That Child is the true comforter of hearts, the true light that enlightens our lives and overcomes the darkness of sin. In Him we have contemplated God the Father’s merciful face and we have accepted His renewed invitation to be converted to love and forgiveness” he said.
May this spiritual experience – the Pope continued - accompany us throughout the Holy Year!
“May the Jubilee of Mercy be for all a time for the spirit, a time for reconciliation with God and with our brothers” he said.
Pope Francis concluded his address imparting his own benediction on those present and asking the Lord to protect them in the fulfillment of the task they carry out in collaboration with other security forces.
He said that Mary is always close to them in times of difficulty and he invoked her blessing so that she may “assist you with her maternal care, to walk in the footsteps of her Son Jesus.”