Hi everybody. Great to be back in touch with you again. I am about one day away now from leaving Rome.
Yesterday, the last 24 hours, was really filled with a lot of wonderful events – the highlight, of course, yesterday was the audience the Holy Father gave to all of us new archbishops, and our family and pilgrim groups. I got to present my youngest brother and my sister to the Holy Father. We had the chance to ask him to pray for our parents, who, because of their age, are not able to travel. Also, I asked prayers for all of us in the archdiocese and offered the Holy Father our promise of devotion and the support of our prayers in return.
Another great joy yesterday was to spend a good part of the morning with my two nephews in the Vatican Gardens. They were able to interview me and practice their skills as journalists. We had a lot of fun. I was very happy to do that.
This morning, I led the pilgrim group in the offering of the holy sacrifice of the Mass in a parish church not far from St. Peter’s Basilica, the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina. And for me, this was a wonderful way for all of us to be close to the Holy Father because this is his parish church. He’s the bishop of that parish, and being there was a way for us to be united with the Diocese of Rome and with Pope Benedict as the Bishop of Rome.
So, we’re looking now to leaving tomorrow, returning to our own home and coming back enriched with tremendous blessings. My prayer is that all of you have found that your being with us in spirit is a way for you to have been blessed as well with the graces of these days.
God be with you and may Jesus Christ be praised.