June 14-15, 2000
volume 11, no. 108

The Holy Father's words in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS for June 14-15, 2000
Pope John Paul II's Regina Coeli Address from Pentecost Sunday, June 11, 2000

        1. This Sunday we celebrate the solemnity of Pentecost. The Holy Mass I had the joy of presiding over yesterday evening in St. Peter's Square became like an "Upper Room" in the heart of Rome, an Upper Room ideally linked to that of Jerusalem where, 2,000 years ago now, the first prodigious effusion of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary took place.

        That day, the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church was born. One, because by the Spirit the Church is rendered a mystery of communion, an icon on earth of the Most Holy Trinity; Holy, because the Spirit safeguards the holiness of Christ the Head in its members; Catholic, because the Spirit impels it to announce to all peoples the one Gospel of salvation; Apostolic, because through the mystery of the Apostles and their successors, the Spirit guides it on the roads of history.

    2. In light of this feast, today's Jubilee Day is dedicated to reflect on the duties of Catholics towards others: the Proclamation of Christ, Witness and Dialogue. Promoted by the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, this occurrence invites every baptized person and every Church community to reflect on how they can work increasingly to announce and witness Christ to all, while respecting the different religious memberships and, very important, to collaborate with every man and woman of good will to construct a more just and fraternal world.

        It is possible to carry out this plan of authentic spiritual and social renewal only in Christ. In the context of the Jubilee, this is the reason why next Sunday the International Eucharistic Congress will be held here in Rome, which includes, among other things, the traditional Corpus Domini procession, on Thursday the 22nd, and the solemn concluding celebration, known as "Statio Orbis," on the evening of Sunday the 25th. Jesus, who 2000 years ago was born in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, remains in our midst through the sacrament of the Eucharist, living Bread come down from Heaven, Bread for the journey and of hope.

    3. Within the next few days a meeting of historical significance will begin in Pyong Yang, in the People's Democratic Republic of Korea, between the leaders of North and South Korea. I join all persons of good will in congratulating the authorities of the two countries for this initiative, in the hope that the dialogue and the exchanges may contribute to the reconciliation of the two populations, to the reunion of families now separated for half a century, and to the renewed stability and prosperity of the whole Korean peninsula. Only through generous effort in support of the common good will it be possible to overcome the difficulties and reach a positive result, which will be a motive for joyful hope for humanity. (ZENIT Translation) ZE00061120

June 14-15, 2000
volume 11, no. 108

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