Benedict XVI Voices Thanks for Heritage of John Paul II

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VATICAN CITY, OCT. 24, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI says he is grateful for the work of the John Paul II Foundation, established 30 years ago and dedicated to conserving and developing the heritage of the Polish Pontiff.

Representatives of the foundation visited the Holy Father at the Vatican today.

The Pontiff recognized some of the group's activities, particularly the Casa Giovanni Paolo II in Rome and the Center for the Documentation and Study of the Pontificate of John Paul II, which disseminates the teaching and the pastoral and humanitarian activity of the Polish Pope. He also recognized their support for the formation of clergy and laity. 

"The Blessed Pontiff sought at every moment to bind the faithful not to himself, but ever more to Christ, to the Apostolic Tradition and to the Catholic community united to the episcopal college with the Pope as its head," Benedict XVI said of his predecessor. "I myself can experience the efficacy of these efforts, as I receive the love and spiritual support of so many people from all over the world who welcome me with affection as the Successor of Peter, called by the Lord to confirm them in the faith."

Benedict XVI drew attention above all to the foundation's role in creating "a spiritual union of thousands of people" who constitute "communities of formation based on the teaching and the example of Blessed John Paul II."

"They do not limit themselves to a sentimental memory of the past, but they discern the needs of the present, they look to the future with solicitude and confidence, and they commit themselves to imbue the world more deeply with the spirit of solidarity and fraternity," he said. "Let us thank the Lord for the gift of the Holy Spirit who unites, enlightens and inspires you."

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