VATICAN CITY, 1 JUN 2011 (VIS) – During today’s general audience celebrated in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope greeted the various groups of faithful in their respective languages.

Addressing a group of Polish pilgrims, the Holy Father particularly greeted the youth who will meet next Saturday in Lednica. “Give thanks to God for the life and the beatification of John Paul II: father, guide, priest, and friend of the youth. He built the house on the rock who is Christ! He followed the voice of the Gospel. He persevered in prayer and in adoration of the Eucharist. He had a heart that was open to all. He suffered with Christ. He was an extraordinary pilgrim in faith. May you be inspired by the theme for the gathering: ‘John Paul II: What Matters is Holiness’!”.

Benedict XVI also greeted the Croatian pilgrims: “Next Saturday and Sunday”, he said, “I will visit Zagreb in Croatia to celebrate with you the National Day of Catholic Croatian Families. I look forward to this meeting with joy and invite you to pray that my visit to that beloved land will produce much spiritual fruit and that Christian families might be the salt of the earth and the light of the world”.

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