Here is a ZENIT translation of the Vatican’s prepared text of the address Pope Francis gave January 1, 2019, before and after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
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 Before the Angelus:
 Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning and Happy New Year to all!
Today, the eighth day after Christmas, we celebrate the Holy Mother of God. As the shepherds of Bethlehem, we remain with our gaze fixed on Her and on the Child she has in her arms. Thus, showing us Jesus, Saviour of the world, She, the Mother, blesses us. She blesses the path of

Praise the Lord

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