[Following the recitation of the Angelus, the Holy Father greeted those present in various languages. In Italian he said:]
Today, various peoples of the Far East celebrate the lunar new year. Peace, harmony and thanksgiving to heaven are the universal values that are celebrated on this joyous occasion and they are desired by all to build their own family, society and nation. I hope the aspirations of those peoples for a happy and prosperous life may be realized. I send out a special greeting to the Catholics of those countries that in this Year of Faith they let themselves be guided by the wisdom of Christ. Tomorrow, the liturgical feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes, will also be the World Day of the Sick. The solemn celebration will take place in the Marian shrine in Altötting in Bavaria. With prayer and affection I am near to all the sick and I spiritually join with those who will be gathering at that shrine, which is especially dear to me. [In English he said:] I am pleased to greet all the visitors present at today’s Angelus, especially the young people of Saint Patrick’s Evangelisation School, London. In today’s Gospel, the crowds press round Jesus, "listening to the word of God". May we too listen attentively to Jesus’ words, as he calls us, like Simon Peter, to go out fearlessly and draw others to Christ. God bless you and your loved ones!
[Concluding in Italian he said:]
I wish you all a good Sunday, a good week. Have a good Sunday! Thank you!
[Translation by Joseph Trabbic]