The Vatican has released a video message which was transmitted by Pope Francis to pilgrims who were praying at Ta’ Pinu Gozo. During the video the Pope asked everyone to pray for him as well and reminded everyone of the importance of the Rosary. The Bishop of Gozo in Malta, Mario Grech, was present during the ceremony. The Pope spoke in Italian however a translation in English is available below the video.
Pope Francis has not yet visited Malta, however President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca had invited the Pontiff to visit Malta during the six-month Presidency of the European Council last December. The Presidency will come to an end within a few days though.
A translation in English of the Pope’s message:
I accept with joy the invitation to greet all of you who are today assembled at the Shrine of the Virgin of Ta ‘Pinu, where a great embrace of mosaics awaits Jesus and his Mother.
The image of the churchyard, which today is inaugurated, lays before our eyes the beauty of a simple contemplative prayer, accessible to all, great and small: the prayer of the holy Rosary. I too often used the Rosary in front of a mosaic: a small mosaic of Our Lady with the Child, where Mary appears in the centre, while in reality, using her hands, she becomes a kind of ladder through which Jesus can descend in the midst of us. The centre is always Jesus, who lowers himself to walk with us men so that we can ascend into Heaven with Him.
In the Rosary prayer we turn to the Virgin Mary to bring us closer to her Son Jesus, to know him and to love him more and more. And while we repeat “Hail Mary,” we meditate on the mysteries, the Joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious stages of Christ’s life, but also of our lives: for we walk with the Lord. This simple prayer, in fact, helps us to contemplate all that God has done for us and for our salvation in his love, and makes us understand that our life is united to that of Christ. In prayer, we are giving everything to God: fatigue, hurt, fears, but also joys, gifts, people … all to God. By praying, we allow God to enter into our time, to accept and transfigure all that we live. This powerful prayer of the Holy Rosary serves us often because it brings peace to hearts, to families, to the Church, and to the world.
And, please do not forget to pray for me. May the Lord bless you and the Virgin Mother protect you.