During his General Audience livestreamed from his papal library in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis looked ahead to the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary.

Addressing the Polish people, he recalled the Blessed Virgin Mary’s role in the “Miracle of the Vistula,” when a Polish Army saw a decisive victory at the Battle of Warsaw against Soviet forces 100 years ago on August 15th.

Pope Francis also expressed his pastoral closeness to the Catholics taking part in a pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa where he visited in 2016.

“May this pilgrimage, undertaken with care due to the pandemic, be for all a moment of reflection, prayer, and fraternity in faith and love.”

Addressing the English-speaking Faithful, he encouraged all to prepare themselves for the Solemnity which “reveals the sublime dignity which God has bestowed upon humanity.”

“May she guide our pilgrimage toward the fullness of Christ’s promises. May she help you always to resist selfishness, indifference, and individualism. Let us ask the Lord for the grace of the humility of His Servant, so that He might do great things in us as well.”

The Holy Father concluded his address imploring prayer for Mary’s intercession, saying “may the Mother of God today help humanity to defeat the coronavirus, and may she assure generous blessings for you, your families, and all people.”

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