Pope joins pilgrims -- via video -- at Shrine of St. Cajetan

August 08, 2013 at 9:27 AM

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- For the first time in 15 years, Pope Francis was not able to walk along the line of people waiting to get into the Shrine of St. Cajetan to listen to them and bless them. However, Pope Francis did not want to miss an opportunity to speak to the pilgrims lined up in Buenos Aires to celebrate the Aug. 7 feast day of St. Cajetan, patron of Argentina and of jobseekers.

Beginning at midnight on the feast day, Pope Francis' recorded video message was being played over and over on big screens at the entrance to the shrine and was being broadcast throughout the day on Canal 21, the television station of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. Pope Francis began by saying he still wanted to continue celebrating the feast with the pilgrims, just like he did every year after becoming archbishop in 1998. The theme for this year's feast day celebration and the Aug. 1-9 prayer novena in Buenos Aires was "With Jesus and St. Cajetan, let us go out to encounter the most needy."

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