August 29, 2012. (Romereports.com) (-ONLY VIDEO-)
From his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Pope led Wednesday's general audience. Benedict XVI reflected on Saint John the Baptist and his martyrdom which is remembered on August 29th. The pope explained how John served as an example while he was alive and still today.
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I offer a warm welcome to all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors, especially those from England, Indonesia, Japan and Malta.
Today, the Church celebrates the Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist. John, whose birth we celebrate on the twenty-fourth of June, gave himself totally to Christ, by preparing the way for him through the preaching of repentance, by leading others to him once he arrived, and by giving the ultimate sacrifice.
Dear friends, may we follow John’s example by allowing Christ to penetrate every part of our lives so that we may boldly proclaim him to the world. May God bless all of you!