ADDRESS OF JOHN PAUL II
TO THE MAYOR AND THE MEMBERS
OF THE MUNICIPAL BOARD
AND COUNCIL OF CASTEL GANDOLFO
Tuesday, 28 September 2004
Dear Members of the Municipal Board and Council,
At the end of my summer stay in Castel Gandolfo, I wanted to say goodbye to each one of you. I thank you in particular, Mr Mayor, for your courteous words expressing the sentiments of everyone here. I extend my grateful thoughts to the Members of the Municipal Administration and to all the citizens for the warm hospitality they have offered me in these months.
I have been able to spend serene and restful days in this pleasant and hard-working locality in the Alban Hills, which are so dear to me. I am now preparing to return to the Vatican and I am comforted by your spiritual closeness and prayers. I warmly thank you for all this, also on behalf of my collaborators.
I entrust you and all your loved ones to the motherly protection of the Virgin Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, and I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing to you all.
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