General Audience of 20 August 2014




St. Peter’s Square
Wednesday, 20 August 2014


Dear Brothers and Sisters: My recent apostolic journey to Korea enabled me to visit a young and dynamic Church filled with missionary zeal, a point of encounter between ancient Asian cultures and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The significance of my visit can be summed up in three words: memory, witness and hope. As a guardian of memory and hope, the Church passes on the torch of faith received from the past, bears witness to it in the present and draws from it hope for the future. This was clearly seen in the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs and in the celebration of the sixth Asian Youth Day, which brought together young Catholics from throughout the continent. The Church took root in Korea and grew largely because of lay people, who saw the attractiveness of the Gospel and sought to live like the first Christians, in equal dignity and solidarity with the poor. May the Korean people continue to grow in faith and love, overcome every division and look forward to a future of reconciliation and hope.

Holy Father:

Rivolgo un saluto affettuoso ai giovani ministranti di Malta, erano lì, bravi, eh, ecco! e li ringrazio per il fedele servizio prestato nella Basilica di San Pietro in quest’ultimo mese. Su tutti i pellegrini di lingua inglese presenti a questa Udienza, specialmente quelli provenienti da Regno Unito e Giappone, invoco la gioia e la pace del Signore Gesù. Dio vi benedica!


I offer an affectionate greeting to the young altar servers from Malta, and I thank them for their faithful service in Saint Peter’s Basilica this past month. Upon all the English-speaking pilgrims taking part in today’s Audience, including those from the United Kingdom and Japan, I invoke the joy and peace of the Lord Jesus. God bless you!

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