Pontiff Thanks St. Peter's Guardian Angels

Expresses Gratitude to Security Personnel

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VATICAN CITY, JAN. 17, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI says the security personnel who protect the Vatican are like "guardian angels" at the service of the pilgrims. 



The Pope affirmed this today in his traditional address to the General Inspectorate for Public Security for the exchange of New Year's greetings. 

He noted his "sincere appreciation" for the "commitment and professionalism" of the security personnel. He thanked them for their day-and-night service, acknowledging that "it requires at times not a little patience, perseverance, sacrifice and willingness to listen." 
Their service, the Holy Father continued, is key for "tranquil and safe" events, especially in St. Peter's Square. 

More than a job 

Benedict XVI expressed his hopes that these security personnel who work in the "heart of Christianity" might also experience the "resolution to revive the spiritual dimension of life, as well as the commitment to deepen your Christian faith." 

He noted how the Christmas liturgy invites the faithful to receive the "Word who from the beginning was in the heart of the Father and whom he has given us, revealing his face in a Child." 

"He is the Eternal who enters into time and fills it with his fullness; he is the light that illumines and lightens all those that are in darkness; he is the Son of God who brings salivation to humanity. Let us always receive him with trust and joy," the Pope exhorted. 

"He is presented to us by the Virgin Mary," the Holy Father continued. "She, as a solicitous Mother, watches over us. Turn frequently to her maternal intercession and entrust to her the year 2011 that has just begun, so that it will be for everyone a time of hope and peace." 

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