June 20, 2011. (Romereports.com)
The pope was welcomed by thousands of faithful during his Sunday visit to San Marino. During a two hour Mass in the village of Serravalle, the pope celebrated the feast of the Holy Trinity, by stressing that the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are based on love. Benedict XVI
“The Father gives everything to the Son, the Son receives everything from the Father with gratitude and the Holy Spirit is like the fruit of this mutual love between Father and Son.”
As the small republic faces several challenges of the modern world, the
pope called for a revival of priestly vocations and special
consecration, to strengthen faith and morality.Benedict XVI“I urge all the faithful to be like leaven in the world, showing both in Montefeltro and San Marino that you are present, proactive and consistent Christians.”
With a population of only 30,000 San Marino is one of Europe's smallest states, located close to Italy's Apennine Mountains. During his visit, the pope also met with several diplomats and congressmen from the state's government. Benedict XVI called on them, to not ignore their Christian roots in everyday life. Benedict XVI“The temptation has crept in to believe that the wealth of man is not the faith, but his personal and social power, his intelligence, his culture and his ability to manipulate scientific, technological and social realities.”
In the town of Pennabilli, the pope met with roughly 4,000 youths, urging them to value life by making good, solid decisions, instead of those that may come easily, but in the long run, result in little or no worth. He also called on parents and religious to instill values in the youth early on in life.