BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Papal Summer Residence, Castel Gandolfo Wednesday, 5 August 2009
St. John Mary Vianney, the Curé d‘Ars
I offer a warm welcome to the English-speaking visitors present at todays Audience, especially the pilgrimage groups from England, China, Korea and the United States of America. Yesterday the Church celebrated the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the death of Saint John Vianney, the Curé of Ars, who is the patron saint of parish priests. In this Year for Priests, let us pray that through his intercession all priests will be renewed in love of the Lord, in the joyful pursuit of holiness and in generous commitment to the spread of the Gospel. Upon you and your families I invoke Gods blessings of joy and peace!