“I too rely on the prayers of children for my ministry – and rightly so – and on their active participation in the Church’s mission” (Angelus, January 6, 2006)

"“Dear children! (…) I see you as young collaborators in the Pope’s service to the Church and to the world: you support me with your prayers and also with your effort to spread the Gospel. (…)" (Letter to the children of the Pontifical Missionary Childhood Society, September 3, 2007, read in Vienna/Austria on September 10, 2007).