Words of Welcome to His Holiness by Archbishop Justin Rigali
By Archbishop Justin Rigali
Kiel Center, January 26, 1999
After your wonderful visit to Mexico, it is with great joy that
we welcome you today to St. Louis!
All these young people, inside this Kiel Center and outside in the
Papal Plaza, want to tell you how happy they are to be with you,
and how happy they are to have you with them.
They know how much you love them and how much you love all the young
people of the world.
They know also, Holy Father, that when you come, you never come
alone! You come with Christ – you bring our Lord Jesus Christ
into our midst. You bring His message; you proclaim His Gospel; you
communicate His encouragement and His challenge; you make present His
The young people of St. Louis and throughout the United States are
asking you for this. Their hearts are open to you and to Christ. They
are filled with hope as they welcome you with enthusiasm and great love.
Holy Father, thank you for coming to St. Louis!