Ahead of Saint Patrick’s Day, Pope Francis ended his Wednesday General Audience by invoking Saint Patrick, the Principal Patron of Ireland.
The Holy Father always concludes his General Audiences by greeting young people, the sick and infirm, and newlyweds. On this particular Wednesday, he did so with a twist.
“Tomorrow we will commemorate St. Patrick, the apostle of Ireland,” Pope Francis said.
“His spiritual stamina stirs you, dear young people, to be consistent with your faith; his trust in Christ the Savior sustains you, dear sick and infirm people, in times of great difficulty; and his missionary dedication reminds you, dear newlyweds, of the importance of the Christian education of your children,” he said.