Pope Francisco he reminded Sunday of the arrival of man in the moon 50 years ago and are encouraged to achieve "even greater challenges" but are directed to the planet Earth, as protection of the weak or care for the environment.
"Dear brothers and sisters, 50 years ago, a man placed his leg on the moon, an extraordinary step", Pontiff recalls after prayer Angelus Dominicans, from the window of the apostolic palace.
Then Francis, hundreds of people listening to him from Plaza de San Pedro, searched for it to realize the earthly challenges.
"That remembering this great step for mankind can awaken the desire for common progress even more goals: more dignity for the weak, more justice among peoples and more future for our common home ", the Earth planet, he wished.
Thus, the pontiff referred to the achievement he had achieved July 20, 1969, half a century ago, when the first time a man came to the only natural satellite on Earth, especially American astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, who first passed the Moon.
The achievements he then followed and celebrated the then pope Paul VI, along with their close associates from the astronomical observatory of the summer palace of Castelgandolfo, near Rome.
After landing on the moon, the pontiff sent a message to three US astronauts – the third, Michael Collins, remained in the space module circling the moon – blessing his mission.
"Honor, greetings and blessings to you, conquer the moon, the pale light of our night and our dreams, carry it, with its living presence, the voice of the Spirit, the hymn to God, our Creator and the Father," said the Pontiff of the message today.