.- Prior to heading back to the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI made a final Angelus Address at Castelgandolfo, speaking of two themes central to the month of October – the Rosary and World Missions.
Pope Benedict also remembered Pope John Paul II, who he called “a great apostle of the Rosary." It was John Paul’s great devotion to the Marian prayer which led him to write the Apostolic Letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae."
“It is the prayer of the Christian advancing in his pilgrimage of faith, in the following of Jesus, preceded by Mary," he said.
The Pope invited all to recite the Rosary during the month of October, "in the family, in the community and in the parishes for the Pope's intentions, for the mission of the Church and for world peace".
The intrinsic mission of the Church, he said, is "the continuation of Christ's mission: to bring God's love to all, proclaiming it with words and the concrete testimony of charity.”
The Pope noted that in a message for the upcoming World Missionary Day, he called charity as “the soul of the mission.”
The Holy Father recalled two saints who are patrons of the missions, St. Francis Xavier and St. Therese of Lisieux. The Pope focused on St. Therese, who’s feast it was Sunday, praying that “she, who showed that the 'little' way to holiness is through abandoning oneself in trust to the love of God, might help us in being believable witnesses to the Gospel of Love."