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From the Holy Father
“Dear Friends, I offer a warm welcome to you, the Members and Trustees, and Stewards of Saint Peter of The Papal Foundation who have come to Rome to your annual pilgrimage. Your visit to the tombs of the Apostles is a reverent sign of the communion with the See of Peter which has been the hallmark of the Foundation since its beginning.
“I pray that this experience may deepen your faith, and encourage you to give fresh expression in your living and transmitting the one, holy, catholic and apostolic faith that comes to us from the Apostles.
“The wide variety of projects supported by the Foundation gives witness to the ceaseless efforts of the Church to promote the integral development of the human family, conscious as she is of the immense and ongoing needs of so many of our brothers and sisters.
“Wisely does The Papal Foundation devote a sizeable percentage of its resources to the education and formation of young priests, religious and lay men and women, hastening the day when their local Churches may be self-supportive, and, indeed, pass on the fruits of such generosity to others.
“I wish to reaffirm my gratitude for the hard work and sacrifice that your offering entails, and to assure you of my heartfelt prayers for you, your loved ones, and all those whom you support.
“As the Church prepares for the coming of the Jubilee of Mercy, I ask our Lord Jesus Christ, ³the face of the Father¹s mercy² (Misericordiae Vultus, 1), to refresh and renew each one of you through his mercy, the greatest of his many gifts.
“May each of you experience the healing and freedom that come from the encounter of forgiveness and gratuitous love offered in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. I commend each of you and your families to the loving intercession of the Blesses Virgin Mary and that of Saint Peter. Upon you, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace in Christ Jesus the Risen Savior. ”
“I extend greetings and prayerful good wishes to the Board of Trustees of The Papal Foundation and to the Stewards of Saint Peter on the occasion of the annual meeting in Washington, DC.
“I am most grateful to all of you for your fidelity to Successor of Peter and your generous concern for the needs of the universal Church, especially her apostolate among the poor and in the developing nations.
“This commitment to Christian charity remains as urgent as ever for the Church’s growth throughout the world and the material and spiritual support of our brothers and sisters in the faith.
“To you and your families I send my blessing as a pledge of abiding joy and peace in the Lord.”
“The needs of God’s people throughout the world are great, and your efforts to advance the Church’s mission are helping to fight the many forms of material and spiritual poverty present in our human family, and to contribute to the growth of fraternity and peace.
“…The work of The Papal Foundation is above all one of spiritual solidarity with the Successor of Peter. I ask you, then, to continue to pray for my ministry, for the needs of the Church, and in a particular way for the conversion of minds and hearts to the beauty, goodness and truth of the Gospel.”