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VATICAN INFORMATION SERVICE

        TWELFTH YEAR - N. 47
        ENGLISH
        FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2002

SUMMARY:

- POPE RECEIVES DELEGATION FROM "TRA NOI" MOVEMENT
- DELEGATION OF HOLY SYNOD OF GREEK-ORTHODOX CHURCH VISITS ROME
- AUDIENCES

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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
Fr. Sebastiano Plutino in order to help female domestic workers who come to
Rome from poorer provinces in Italy.

  Noting that the visit coincided with International Women's Day, the Pope
emphasized that, from the beginning, the "Tra Noi" Movement had dedicated
"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
to 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
service. 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
nationality."

  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
daily, living 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)

DELEGATION OF HOLY SYNOD OF GREEK-ORTHODOX CHURCH VISITS ROME

VATICAN CITY, MAR 8, 2002 (VIS) - According to a communique made public
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.

  The visit, which follows an invitation from Cardinal Walter Kasper,
president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, "comes
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
also emerged during last year's apostolic visit to Greece: Christian
heritage and European identity. This theme will facilitate the
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,
bioethics etc."

  "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
the 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
Greek-Orthodox church 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 the
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
common prayer that derives from and is the culmination of that union. ...
The visit of our delegation is an important step in this direction and we
pray that it may have a positive effect, not only in promoting our
reciprocal collaboration but also in safeguarding the Christian identity of
Europe."
.../GREEK HOLY SYNOD/CHRISTODOULOS:KASPER       VIS 20020308 (400)

AUDIENCES

VATICAN CITY, MAR 8, 2002 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in
separate audiences:

- 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.
AP:AL/.../...   VIS 20020308 (40)
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