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Pope John Paul II Message-July, 2001

Pope John Paul II

Dearest Brothers and Sisters!

1. The month of July begins today, which popular tradition dedicates to the contemplation of the most precious Blood of Christ, unfathomable mystery of love and mercy.

In today´s Liturgy, the Apostle Paul states in the Letter to the Galatians that "For freedom Christ has set us free" (Galatians 5:1). This freedom has a dear price: the life and blood of the Redeemer. Yes! The blood of Christ is the price that God has paid to deliver humanity from the slavery of sin and death. The blood of Christ is the irrefutable proof of the love of the heavenly Father for every person; no one is excluded.

All this was clearly underlined by Blessed John XXIII, devoted to the blood of the Lord from his childhood, when he heard the special litany recited by the family. Once elected Pope, he wrote an apostolic letter to promote the cult ("Inde a primis," June 30, 1959), inviting the faithful to meditate on the infinite value of that Blood, of which "only one drop can save the entire world from every fault" (hymn: "Adoro Te Devote")

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