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Pope to Vatican police: I admire your spirit of sacrifice

Pope Francis met with the Inspectorate of Public Security who protect the Vatican, the pope and the pilgrims who participate in events.

First of all, he thanked them for their work. He said it's not always sufficiently recognized, and there are many difficult moments. 

"I thank you very much for your professionalism and your generosity. I encourage you to persevere and to do the best in your work. To strive to welcome everyone with patience and understanding, even in those moments where you are tired or feel the weight of unpleasant situations."

The pope also said in spite of these critical moments, they have to be a welcoming symbol to all those who arrive at the Vatican.

"Having a welcoming attitude toward people is typical of your work. You have the possibility to be a testimony to it every day. By vocation, you are specialists in 'welcoming.'"

Finally, he praised their spirit of sacrifice and admitted that he admires them. He invited them to not only protect people, but also to protect the cultural roots of the Eternal City.