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Vatican News: Sept. 13, 2002
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                           TWELFTH YEAR - N.154
                           FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2002
                           - AUDIENCES
                           VATICAN CITY, SEP 13, 2002 (VIS) - This morning in the apostolic palace at
                           Castelgandolfo, the Holy Father received the Letters of Credence of
                           the new ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Gerhard Westdickenberg.
                           After recalling that two years ago the "historic reunification of
                           Germany" took place, the Pope said: "The Holy See has supported the
                           unification of Europe from the beginning, with all possible means, making
                           it very clear that faith in a spiritual and cultural common identity of nations must be the base for the common political
                           and institutional growth
                           of the European Union. ... Europeans have to confront the great challenge of constructing a culture and an ethic of unity.
                           If these elements do
                           not exist, any political position of unity is destined to fail sooner or
                           "The Holy See," continued John Paul II, "confirms with joy that the Federal Republic, after reunification and great economic
                           and social
                           efforts, has not let itself get distracted by the challenges presented by European integration. ... Germany has continued
                           to be faithful to its
                           European vocation as well as to its commitment, recognized by all, to solidarity with other nations of the world."
                           In the process of the continent's integration, the Federal Republic, affirmed the Holy Father, emphasizes that the "ever-stronger
                           unity of
                           Europe must not be understood as a movement toward isolation from other
                           parts of the world, since it bears inherently in itself an openness to the world."
                           "Countries," he concluded, "are called to collaborate actively in the construction of a global order of justice and peace.
                           From this
                           perspective, the Holy See observes with pleasure the constant commitment of the Federal
                           Republic to promoting respect for human rights in the whole world and their help in development."
                           CD/CREDENCIALS/GERMANY:WESTDICKENBERG   VIS 20020913 (300)
                           VATICAN CITY, SEP 13, 2002 (VIS) - The Holy Father received today in
                           separate audiences:
                              - Archbishop Alfio Rapisarda, apostolic nuncio in Brazil.
                              - Four prelates from the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil
                           (North/Northwest region) on their "ad limina" visit:
                                - Bishop Gutemberg Freire Regis, C.S.S.R., prelate of Coari.
                                - Bishop Jose Afonso Ribeiro, T.O.R., prelate of Borba.
                                - Bishop Jesus Moraza Ruiz de Azua, O.A.R., prelate of Labrea.
                                - Bishop Sergio Eduardo Castriani, C.S.Sp., prelate of Tefe.
                              - Bishop Miguel Esteban Hesayne, emeritus of Viedma, Argentina.
                              - Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, prefect of the Congregation for the
                           Evangelization of Peoples.
                           AP:AL/.../...   VIS 20020913 (100)
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