Pope's All Saints Day prayer for constant vigilance

During the prayer of the Angelus yesterday - the Solemnity of All Saints - Pope Benedict XVI said this feast and the tradition to visit the graves of our deceased is an opportunity to "think without fear about the mystery of death and to develop this constant vigilance in order to face it with serenity."

CLICK HERECatholic News Agency reports that before thousands of faithful and pilgrims who gathered at St Peter's Square from all over the world, the Holy Father reminded them that "today we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints, that makes us enjoy the joy of being part of the great family of God's friends."

Drawing deeper on the significance of the Solemnity, the Pope said that "to become Saints means to realize fully what we already are, elevated through Jesus Christ, as adoptive sons of God."

"The new life received in the baptism, is not prone to corruption nor to the power of death," and reflecting on death, he reminded that "for those who live in Christ, this is the passage from the pilgrimage on earth to our mother land in Heaven, where the Father welcomes all of his sons, 'regardless of nation, race, people and tongue', as we read in the Book of the Apocalypse."

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2 Nov 2005