(VATICAN CITY) April 17, 2011 (VIS) – At the end of the celebration of the solemnity of Palm Sunday and the Lord’s Passion, the Holy Father prayed the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Before the Marian prayer the Pope addressed those present in various languages, exhorting them above all, “to live the celebration of the Lord’s Passion and Glorification in order to achieve the fullness of what these feasts mean and hold”.
“I am particularly speaking to you, beloved youth” he continued in Spanish, “that you accompany me at the World Youth Day that will take place in Madrid this coming August, with the theme of “Rooted and Built in Christ: Firm in the Faith”.
“Today I am also thinking of Colombia”, he continued, “where the Day of Prayer for victims of violence will be held this coming Good Friday. I am spiritually near to this initiative and earnestly urge Colombians to participate in it, at the same time I ask God for those in this beloved nation who have been appallingly stripped of their lives and their possessions. I renew my urgent call to conversion, repentance, and reconciliation. No more violence in Colombia, that peace there reign!”