05 July 2006

Valencia or bust!

This weekend, July 8th and 9th, His Holiness will embark upon an Apostolic Journey to Valencia, Spain, to partake in the Fifth World Meeting of the Families which began on July 1st.

After being welcomed at the airport His Holiness will visit the site where 41 people were killed in a subway accident earlier this week.

While in Valencia he will make the usual round of meeting with the Bishops of Spain. He will also lead the recitation of the Angelus twice and, of course, celebrate the Holy Mass for those invovled in the meeting of the families.

During his address after the Angelus this past Sunday, His Holiness offered both some reflections on the importance of the family as well as a challege to families today, together with a reminder that it is precisely within the family where the faith is to be taught and nurtured. We expect he will address this topic more deeply in the speeches he will give in Valencia.

Remember to keep the Holy Father, and all families, in your prayers.

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