VATICAN INFORMATION SERVICE
TWELFTH YEAR - N. 47
FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2002
- POPE RECEIVES DELEGATION FROM "TRA NOI" MOVEMENT
- DELEGATION OF HOLY
SYNOD OF GREEK-ORTHODOX CHURCH VISITS ROME
POPE RECEIVES DELEGATION FROM "TRA NOI" MOVEMENT
VATICAN CITY, MAR 8, 2002 (VIS) - John Paul
II today received a delegation
from the "Tra Noi" Movement, founded fifty years ago by the Italian priest
Plutino in order to help female domestic workers who come to
Rome from poorer provinces in Italy.
that the visit coincided with International Women's Day, the Pope
emphasized that, from the beginning, the "Tra Noi" Movement
"all its energy to the human and religious promotion of the woman. ... I
take advantage of this opportunity
to express my spiritual closeness to
women facing difficulty, in the hope that there are always people willing
help them so that they may fully realize their legitimate aspirations."
"I invite you to look with hope to
the prospects that open before you.
Old and new social orders which are in danger and marginalized, await your
For example, immigrants, the elderly with problems and young
people in search of solid points of reference."
"Spreading the 'spirituality of acceptance,' you can be the architects of
an authentic and universal fraternity, where
every human being feels
welcome without the distinction of social class, religion, culture or
The Pope concluded by referring to the "family" and "youth" projects of
the "Tra Noi" Movement; He urged them to foster
"among the new generations
an open and accepting mind," and he insisted on the necessity to "maintain
contact with God because ... only men and women of prayer can
be craftsmen of effective social and apostolic action."
AC/.../TRA NOI MOVEMENT VIS 20020308 (260)
OF HOLY SYNOD OF GREEK-ORTHODOX CHURCH VISITS ROME
VATICAN CITY, MAR 8, 2002 (VIS) - According to a communique
today, a delegation from the Holy Synod of the Greek-Orthodox Church, sent
by the archbishop of Athens,
His Beatitude Christodoulos, will take part in
a series of work meetings in Rome, from March 8 to 13.
visit, which follows an invitation from Cardinal Walter Kasper,
president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian
in the wake of Pope John Paul II's visit to Greece last year." The six-man
delegation is headed by the
metropolitan of Athikia, Panteleimon, a member
of the synodal committee for inter-Orthodox and inter-Christian relations.
The delegation from the Orthodox Church of Greece is to participate in a
number of meetings that, says
the communique, will take place within the
framework "of current developments in the European Union on a theme that
emerged during last year's apostolic visit to Greece: Christian
heritage and European identity. This theme will facilitate
consideration of various problems, such as those concerning justice and
peace, religious freedom, the family,
inter-religious dialogue, culture,
formation, religious indifference and secularization, human mobility,
"The members of the Holy Synod will meet with representatives of the
Pontifical Council for Promoting
Christian Unity, with the secretary for
Relations with States of the Secretariat of State and with the prefect of
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. They will also visit the
basilicas of St. Peter's, St. John Lateran, St. Mary
Major and St. Paul's
Outside-the-Walls, and will take part in a liturgical celebration in Rome's
of St. Andrew.
His Beatitude Christodoulos, in announcing that the delegation would be
sent to Rome, said:
"Cooperation and collaboration in facing questions and
problems of common interest, is a path that will gradually dispel
mistrust and suspicion of the past and lead to reciprocal trust being
established between us, with the intention
of overcoming ecclesiological
and dogmatic differences; differences that prevent both union and the
that derives from and is the culmination of that union. ...
The visit of our delegation is an important step in this direction
pray that it may have a positive effect, not only in promoting our
reciprocal collaboration but also in safeguarding
the Christian identity of
.../GREEK HOLY SYNOD/CHRISTODOULOS:KASPER VIS
VATICAN CITY, MAR 8, 2002 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received
- Archbishop Pablo Puente, apostolic nuncio in Great Britain.
- Archbishop Romulo Garcia
of Bahia Blanca, Argentina, accompanied by his
auxiliary, Bishop Nestor Hugo Navarro, on their "ad limina" visit.
VIS 20020308 (40)
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