October 10, 2011

Guardian angels exist to protect every human life from its beginning to end, Pope Benedict said.

"The Lord is always near and active in human history, and he also accompanies us with the unique presence of his angels, which the Church today venerates" on feast of the Guardian Angels Oct. 2, he said before reciting the Angelus.

Guardian angels are "ministers of divine care for every person," he said.

"From the beginning to the time of death, human life is surrounded by their unceasing protection," the pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.