.- Prior to reciting the Angelus today in Nicosia, Cyprus, the Holy Father spoke of the confident hope of Mary that God âwill never abandon us.â
Benedict XVI began saying that the Angelus joyfully recalls Maryâs âready acceptance of the Lordâs invitation to become the mother of God. It was an invitation that filled her with trepidation, one which she could scarcely even comprehend. It was a sign that God had chosen her, his lowly handmaid, to cooperate with him in his saving work.â
âSome thirty years later, as Mary stood weeping at the foot of the cross, it must have been hard to keep that hope alive,â the Pontiff continued. âThe forces of darkness seemed to have gained the upper hand. And yet, deep down, she would have remembered the angelâs words.â
We, the faithful, can now âlive in the same confident hope that the Word made flesh in Maryâs womb will never abandon us. He, the Son of God and Son of Mary, strengthens the communion that binds us together, so that we can bear witness to him and to the power of his healing and reconciling love."
The Holy Father concluded asking Maryâs intercession for the Church in the Middle East.
For the Pope's full remarks, visit: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/cyprus10/resource.php?res_id=1431