CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy – God sends angels to help people as they make their way through life and toward eternity with God, Pope Benedict XVI said.

"The invisible presence of these blessed spirits is of great help and comfort to us: They walk alongside us and protect us in every circumstance, they defend us from dangers and we can turn to them at every moment," the pope made his remarks on the Sep 29 feast of the archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

"Many saints had a relationship of true friendship with the angels and numerous stories testify to their assistance," the pope said.

As the Letter to the Hebrews makes clear, "the angels are sent by God to serve those who will inherit salvation and, so, they are of valid assistance on our earthly pilgrimage toward our heavenly homeland", Pope Benedict said. - cns

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