Impromptu Address after Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Pope Francis

After Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, 24 July 2013, the Holy Father gave an impromptu address from the balcony of the basilica.

Brothers and Sisters ... Brothers and Sisters, I do not speak “Brazilian”. Forgive me if I speak in Spanish. Forgive me. Thank you very much. Thank you for being here. Thank you from my heart, with all my heart I ask the Virgin, Our Lady of Aparecida, to bless you, to bless your families, to bless your children, to bless your parents, to bless the whole country.

Well now, I’ll soon find out whether you understand me. I’m going to ask you a question: does a mother forget her children? [No...] She does not forget us, she loves us and takes care of us. Now we ask her for a blessing. May the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, come down upon you and remain with you always.

I want to ask you a favour, a small favour: pray for me, pray for me, I need it. May God bless you. May Our Lady of Aparecida protect you. And goodbye until 2017, when I shall be back...

[Provided by the Vatican Press Office]

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