A phone call from your Papa

Pope Francis made a surprise phone call to the pilgrims gathered in Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires this morning, shortly before he took his spin in the Popemobile.

Below is the text of his remarks in Spanish, and then English.

PALABRAS DEL SANTO PADRE A LOS FIELES REUNIDOS EN PLAZA DE MAYO, ESTA MANAÑA (transcrición)

“Queridos hijos, sé que están en la plaza. Sé que están rezando y haciendo oraciones, las necesito mucho. Es tan lindo rezar. Gracias por eso.

Les quiero pedir un favor. Les quiero pedir que caminemos juntos todos, cuidemos los unos a los otros, cuídense entre ustedes, no se hagan daño, cuídense, cuídense la vida. Cuiden la familia, cuiden la naturaleza, cuiden a los niños, cuiden a los viejos; que no haya odio, que no haya pelea, dejen de lado la envidia, no le saquen el cuero a nadie. Dialoguen, que entre ustedes se viva el deseo de cuidarse.

Que vaya creciendo el corazón y acérquense a Dios. Dios es bueno, siempre perdona, comprende, no le tengan miedo; es Padre, acérquense a Él. Que la virgen los bendiga mucho, no se olviden de este obispo que está lejos pero los quiere mucho. Recen por mí”.

Dear children, I know you are in the square. I know you are praying and saying prayers, I need them very much. It is so beautiful to pray. Thank you for that.

I want to ask you a favor. I want to ask that we all walk together, to take care of one for the other, take care of each other, do not hurt each other, take care of yourselves, take care of your lives. Take care of the family, take care of nature, take care of children, take care of the elderly; that there may be no hate, no fights, leave aside envy, do not speak ill of anybody. Dialogue amongst each other, so that in all of you may live the desire to care for one another.

That your hearts may grow and come close to God. God is good, He always forgives, understands, do not be afraid of Him; He is Father, be close to Him. May the Virgin bless you, do not forget this bishop who is far but loves you very much. Pray for me.

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