Pope's visit to Rome

Audience with Pope Francis

Greetings from Ms Honorary Consul General Regine Sixt:

Holy Father,

all of us who are gathered here today in the heart of the Vatican come as pilgrims from all over the world to humbly honour your holiness, in the sense of the “Omnes viae Romam ducunt”.

We admire you for your work as you go out to address the poor, the refugees and those on the margins of our society. Your Holiness, you are a role model for us all!

It's nice to see how you talk to children whenever you meet them.

We admire you for your dedication to the children in need around the world. A dedication that the global Sixt family and myself duly follow in the work of our Children's Aid Foundation “Drying Little Tears”. By doing so, we try to dry the tears of children, the weakest members of our society.

The few minutes you have allowed us to be with you will inspire our hearts and souls for the rest of our lives. May we be in your prayers for the times to come.

I don’t know if it is appropriate, but I ask your mercy for my three grandchildren Johanna, Raphael and Ferdinand, who are just discovering the world with their sparkling eyes, and I ask you for your special blessing for the Sixt family that is gathered here today, as well as the entire Sixt family around the world.

Your Holiness, thank you for giving us the opportunity to be with you today!

Greeting from Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome:

Dear members of the Sixt family,
Dear friends,

I would like to welcome you, the Sixt representatives from all over the world. I would like to thank Ms Regine Sixt for her introductory remarks, which spoke of her shared commitment to charity, which was carried out through the Drying Little Tears Foundation and, above all, aimed at helping children in all kinds of emergencies.

These efforts give you the opportunity to make your job a noble calling by recognising a greater purpose in life. Beyond personal and financial success, you strive to serve the common good by working to increase the goods of this world and make them available to everyone (see Evangelii Gaudium, 203).

They have gathered here in Rome to meet the Successor of Peter, who occupies a special place in his heart for the poorest and most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters. These are our children. Drying their tears through specific relief projects is one way to combat the culture of waste and to help build a more humane society.

I encourage you to continue your work in the conviction that the tender love of God is to be seen in a special way on the faces of innocent children who need care and support. May the Lord reward you with his many offerings.

I ask you for your prayers for my mission in the service of the Church, and I cordially impart my apostolic blessing to you, to your dear grandchildren and to all your families.