Vatican City, 24 June 2012 (VIS) – After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father recalled the fact that today in Italy marks the Day of the Pope’s Charity and he thanked parish communities, families and faithful for their “constant and generous support which goes to help so many of our bothers and sisters in difficulty”.

In this context he also reminded the faithful that he will make a brief visit to areas recently affected by earthquakes in northern Italy. “I would like this to be”, he said, “a sign of the solidarity of the entire Church, and therefore I invite everyone to accompany me with their prayers”.

Finally, he also had words of greeting for Polish faithful who, with the archbishop of Poznan, the Oratorian Fathers and pilgrims at the shrine of the Mother of God in Gostyn, are celebrating the five hundredth anniversary of its foundation. “Let us thank God”, the Pope said, “for the grace which that place has showered upon generations of faithful through the intercession of the Virgin Mary. May her protection accompany you always”.

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