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Pope entrusts expectant moms, families without children, and the unborn to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Le pape François se recueille devant l'image miraculeuse de Notre-Dame de Guadalupe le 13 février à l'issue de la messe célébrée dans la basilique du sanctuaire (Mexico, Mexique) © Osservatore Romano via AFP
This image released by the Vatican shows Pope Francis celebrating mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a major Catholic shrine, on February 13, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / HO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO" / NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==
The basilica houses the image of a dark-skinned, or "morenita," Virgin Mary that Catholics believe miraculously became imprinted on a piece of fabric after she appeared before an indigenous peasant in 1531. == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / HO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO" / NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == / AFP / AFP AND Osservatore Romano / Osservatore Romano
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Notes how John Paul II asked the Virgin of Guadalupe to protect the life and innocence of children

Pope Francis finished the general audience on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe by entrusting all expectant moms to her care.

Francis said this in his greeting to Polish pilgrims. He also noted how the Polish Pontiff, St. John Paul II, entrusted to Our Lady all those who “run the risk of not being born.”

I entrust to the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe, whose memorial we celebrate today, all of you present here, your families and, in particular, those who are awaiting the birth of their children.

Saint John Paul II commended to her maternal protection the life and innocence of children, especially those who run the risk of not being born.

By her intercession, in this time of Advent, let us implore the gift of children for families without children, respect for the conceived life, and the openness of hearts to Gospel values.

The Holy Father also asked Our Lady to help us long for Jesus.

May Our Lady accompany us at Christmas and rekindle in us the desire to welcome with joy the light of her Son Jesus, to make it shine ever more in the night of the world.

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