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TWELFTH YEAR - N. 48
MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2002
SUMMARY: MARCH 9 - 11
GIVE TESTIMONY OF LIFE WITH APOSTOLIC AUDACITY
- OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
- ANGELUS: CHRIST, THE LIGHT THAT TRANSFORMS
- NEW AMBASSADOR OF ECUADOR PRESENTS LETTERS OF CREDENCE
- CATHOLICS AND ORTHODOX: BEAR WITNESS TO CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
- RELIGIOUS BELIEF IS THE ANTIDOTE TO VIOLENCE AND CONFLICT
GIVE TESTIMONY OF LIFE WITH APOSTOLIC AUDACITY
VATICAN CITY, MAR 9, 2002
(VIS) - This morning John Paul II received 1200
faithful of different dioceses in Poland in the Paul VI Hall, on the
of the tenth anniversary of the reorganization of the
administrative structures of the Church in that country.
The Pope expressed his desire that this restructuring of the
ecclesiastical provinces encourage "the organization of meetings
inter-diocesan context, in order to face and resolve, as a community, the
questions that cannot be the immediate
concern of the plenary assemblies of
the episcopal conference." In addition, he requested that this form of
help "to develop a pastoral program that responds to the
demands of the new evangelization and the challenges of time
He underlined: "Today it is more necessary than ever to give testimony
with one's own life,
energetically and with apostolic zeal. It is necessary
for the bishops to be close to their faithful and the faithful
bishops. Let this goal be the object of your petition, prayer and reflection!"
The Holy Father
referred to the priests saying: "may they embark on their
pastoral mission with zeal in the new dioceses in which they
are often far from their homes." He also asked the bishops to take special
care with the permanent intellectual
and spiritual formation of the priests.
He concluded by saying: "During the second half of the past century,
lay faithful in Poland gave proof time and again of a spirit of sacrifice
and of a sincere love for the Church.
I pray to God that they continue this
beautiful tradition and that they undertake with new determination their
tasks, occupying their rightful place in the Church and in the
life of society; the place due to them by virtue of their
and of the holy sacraments."
AC/STRUCTURAL CHURCH REORGANIZATION/... VIS 20020311 (320)
VATICAN CITY, MAR 9, 2002 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Bishop John
Njue of Embu,
Kenya, as coadjutor archbishop of Nyeri (area 16,529,
population 1,867,606, Catholics 658,502, priests 116, religious
Kenya. The archbishop-elect was born in Embu in 1944, ordained a priest in
1973 and consecrated a bishop in
NEC/.../NJUE VIS 20020311 (50)
ANGELUS: CHRIST, THE LIGHT THAT TRANSFORMS SIN
VATICAN CITY, MAR 10, 2002 (VIS) - This morning, prior to praying the
angelus with pilgrims gathered
in St. Peter's Square, John Paul II recalled
that the blind man mentioned by St. John in today's Gospel, "represents
marked by sin, who wishes to know the truth about himself, ... but who
is prevented from doing so by congenital sickness."
He went on: "Only Jesus can cure him. ... By entrusting themselves to
Him, all human beings, spiritually
blind since birth, have the chance 'to
come to the light' once more, in other words, to be born to supernatural
Then, quoting the Gospel which speaks of the Pharisees' refusal to
recognize the miracle of Jesus' curing
the blind man because it was
performed on a Saturday, the Pope said: "For those who meet Jesus, there
are no half
measures: or we recognize that we need Him and His light, or we
chose to do without. In this latter case, it is one and
presumption that prevents both those who feel they are righteous before God
and those who consider themselves
as atheist, from opening themselves to
"May no one," he concluded, "close their soul to
Christ! To those who
accept Him, He gives the light of faith; a light that can transform hearts
mentalities and the social, political and economic
situations that are dominated by sin."
VIS 20020311 (240)
NEW AMBASSADOR OF ECUADOR PRESENTS LETTERS OF CREDENCE
VATICAN CITY, MAR
11, 2002 (VIS) - This morning the Holy Father received
the Letters of Credence of the new ambassador of Ecuador to the
Marcelo Fernandez de Cordoba.
In his address, the Pope made reference to the importance of the
education of new generations in order that they may have "access to an
integral formation, in which humanist and technical
accompanied by moral values and exposure to the transcendent and religious
dimension of life, respecting
scrupulously the right of families to choose
the type of education for their children."
John Paul II affirmed
that, in light of the economic crisis that Ecuador
is facing, the Church "is doing, and will continue to do, everything
possible to remain close to the Ecuadorian people, providing every type of
help that she possibly can especially to
those most in need, who are often
also those most forgotten when it comes to distributing available resources."
After noting that a consequence of the economic crisis has been the
emigration of many citizens to other countries, he
emphasized that this
problem is compounded by that of "cultural upheaval, the risk of religious
and the painful break-up of the family nucleus; without
forgetting the unfortunate consequences of so much illegal immigration
For this reason, we must combat the circumstances that seem to force so
many citizens to leave their homeland."
The Pope ended by indicating that the "recent initiatives for dialogue
between State authorities and different
ethnic groups - which are aimed at
improving understanding and achieving better participation in the life and
of the nation - are a sign of hope that must be continued.
Following this path, Ecuador can become an example and a promoter
coexistence and peace in the Andean region. Dialogue ... is always the most
appropriate way to resolve serious
internal and external problems, thus
obtaining the desired fruits for the good of all the Ecuadorian people."
OF CREDENCE/ECUADOR:FERNANDEZ VIS 20020311 (330)
CATHOLICS AND ORTHODOX:
BEAR WITNESS TO CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
VATICAN CITY, MAR 11, 2002 (VIS) - At midday today, the Pope received
members of the delegation of the Greek-Orthodox Church sent by His
Beatitude Christodoulos, archbishop of Athens and
all Greece, who are
taking part in a series of work meetings in Rome from March 8 to 13.
In his address
in French, the Holy Father said that "personal and
reciprocal acquaintance, exchange of information and a sincere dialogue
ways to establish relations between our Churches, are the indispensable
condition for us to be able to advance
in a spirit of ecclesial fraternity.
They also represent the essential condition for instituting a form of
that will enable Catholic and Orthodox together to offer a
living witness of their common Christian heritage."
He continued: "We have the duty to transmit this Christian patrimony that
we have inherited. For this reason, it is ever
more urgent for Christians
to offer society an exemplary image of their common behavior, rooted in
faith, and for
them together to seek solutions to the great ethical
problems raised by the sciences and to the attitude that seeks to
abstract or even deny all reference to man's transcendental dimension."
John Paul II
underlined that "our responsibility consists of tending to
the 'ecumenism of sanctity'." This "will carry us, with the
help of God,
toward full communion, which does not mean absorption or fusion, but an
encounter in truth and love.
We must go deeper in our collaboration and
work together in order to make the voice of the Gospel resonate strongly in
this Europe of ours, where the Christian roots of the people must be revived."
After affirming that Catholics
and Orthodox "are united in the
proclamation of the 'Kerygma' of the Resurrection," he said, "this
we wish to make together will give the men and women of
today a reason to live and hope; our desire to seek communion
ourselves will also inspire an appropriate model of coexistence in civil
ORTHODOX CHURCH VIS 20020311 (340)
RELIGIOUS BELIEF IS THE ANTIDOTE TO VIOLENCE
VATICAN CITY, MAR 11, 2002 (VIS) - The Pope wrote a message to Archbishop
apostolic nuncio in Cyprus, for his participation in a
meeting being held in Nicosia, Cyprus, convened by the Cultural
of the Holy Monastery of Kykkos 'Archangelos,' in collaboration with the
department of communication and
mass media of the Panteion University in
Athens. The message, written in English, bears the date of March 6, 2002.
"The theme of the meeting, dialogue between religions and cultures,"
writes the Pope, "is most timely. It carries with
it the challenge to
foster practical ways of improving understanding among peoples, and thus
forms the basis upon
which to face many of the problems burdening the human
family at the beginning of this millennium. The tyranny of injustice,
egoism and prejudice can only be defeated by a far-reaching resurgence of
the human spirit in individual hearts and
in relations between the peoples
of the world.
"It is my heartfelt prayer that the meeting in Nicosia will
there is no basis, either in theory or in practice, for any discrimination
between individual and individual
or between people and people; all share
the same human dignity and the rights which flow from it."
Pope concludes by recalling the meeting of leaders of the world's
religions at Assisi, Italy, on January 24 "to pray for
peace and to commit
themselves to serving the cause of peace. They wished to show that genuine
religious belief is
an inexhaustible wellspring of mutual respect and
harmony among peoples; indeed it is the chief antidote to violence and
MESS/DIALOGUE CULTURE:RELIGION/NICOSIA:SAMBI VIS 20020311 (280)
VATICAN CITY, MAR 11, 2002 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in
audience Daniel Hays, president
of the Canadian Senate, accompanied by his
wife and an entourage.
On Saturday March 9, he received in separate
- Ayatollah Mehdi Karrubi, President of the Consultative Islamic Assembly
of Iran, accompanied by an
- Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.
VIS 20020311 (60)
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