June 5, 2000
volume 11, no. 104

Holy Father's Regina Coeli Address from Sunday, June 4, 2000

    Dearest Brothers And Sisters!

1. The feast of the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven is celebrated today in many countries, including Italy. Forty days after his resurrection, he was lifted up as his disciples were looking on, until a cloud took him out of their sight (Cf. Acts 1:9). So Jesus' public life concluded and the missionary expansion of the Church began. From that day on, Christ's disciples began to spread the Word of salvation everywhere, giving testimony of the death and resurrection of their divine Master.

    Today the Church also continues on this path of proclaiming the Gospel to the men and women of our time, pointing out to all that our true and final homeland is not down here, but "in Heaven," namely in God. This, however, should not withdraw us from engagement in the world, as the lives of the Saints demonstrate, but must reinforce it even more. In fact, only by fulfilling our mission on earth will we finally be able to be in the glory of God.

2. To proclaim and witness to Christ! This is the mission of every baptized person. World Day of Social Communications, which is being celebrated this very day, refers directly to this mission; its theme is "To Proclaim Christ in the Media at the Dawn of the New Millennium." Certainly, one of the most vast areas of social coexistence is that of communication; therefore, the activity of those who work in social communications is of great importance. Given this reality, it was decided to celebrate the Jubilee of Journalists, whom I myself will shortly have the joy of meeting, precisely to stress this importance, which represents a pastoral priority for the Church. Conscious of the command Christ entrusted to it to "communicate" the Gospel, the ecclesial community makes use of all means to carry this out, including the most modern. Journalists, communications professionals, and all who in different ways work in this sector, are asked to carry out their mission in a responsible way, understanding that those who works with respect for truth render a precious service to truth itself and, consequently, to humanity. I gladly give my encouragement to journalists and to all workers in information, who in every part of the world are dedicated to the good of humanity, serving justice, liberty, and peace, not rarely at the price of personal sacrifices.

3. May the Spirit of God assist those who seek to serve the truth. May he help and guide the Church that it may enter the new millennium filled with the light and strength of Christ.

    We entrust our prayer to Mary. Together with her, we relive this week the Apostles' prayer of expectation in the Upper Room, in preparation for the feast of Pentecost. (ZENIT Translation) ZE00060420

June 5, 2000
volume 11, no. 104

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