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Since December 8, the faithful have been preparing for the visit of the Pope through a prolonged novena. They look at a picture of the Marian statue of Mariazell and pray to Mary, the Mother of God, with the words of Pope Benedict XVI (from the Encyclical Letter "Deus Caritas Est"):

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
you have given the world its true light,
Jesus, your Son - the Son of God.

You abandoned yourself completely
to God's call and thus became a wellspring
of the goodness which flows forth from him.

Show us Jesus . Lead us to him.
Teach us to know and love him,
so that we too can become
capable of true love
and be fountains of living water
in the midst of a thirsting world.