OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II
TO BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Sunday, 22 June 2003
At the conclusion of this liturgy, we too lift our eyes to the Virgin Mary and we join the whole Church in repeating the greeting of the Archangel Gabriel and in contemplating the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God. We ask Mary to help us “to contemplate the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 1),
To you, brothers and sisters of the Hungarian language, go my very cordial greetings and my prayerful good wishes that God’s grace will guide your steps and enlighten your lives. With affection I bless you.
Remembering the commitment of Blessed Ivan Merz to Catholic Action, I greet the Italian-speaking faithful. May his example as a Christian layperson help each of you to respond faithfully to the vocation you have received. I cordially bless all of you.
To the pilgrims from Serbia and Montenegro I offer an affectionate greeting and my blessing. Dear friends, may the intercession of the Mother of the Lord and of Blessed Ivan obtain for you an abundance of divine graces.
I cordially greet the faithful from Croatia, who are honoured to have given the Church a new Blessed. May his example guide you along the paths of the Lord! With my Blessing
And one final prayer: by her powerful intercession, may the Virgin Mary obtain for you from her Son Jesus the grace of preserving the integrity of your faith, the firmness of your hope and at all times the fervour of your charity.