May 30, 2000
volume 11, no. 100

NEWS for Tuesday, May 30, 2000
African Contingent Also Attending

    From June 1-4, more than 6,000 journalists from all over the world will come to Rome to celebrate their Jubilee. This promises to be a significant spiritual event. A numerous delegation of African journalists is expected, including a group from Sierra Leone, at present racked by war.

    The Vatican Press Office published a comprehensive program for the four days. Celebrations will begin on Thursday afternoon, June 1, in St. Cecilia's Auditorium on the Via della Conciliazione. At 3:30 p.m., Archbishop John Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, will give the welcoming address. He will be followed by Theresa Ee-Chooi, president of the International Catholic Press Union, who will speak on "The Church at the Dawn of the Third Millennium: A Challenge for Communicators." At 4:30 p.m. the journalists will go in two groups to the Sistine Chapel for an "invitation to prayer," led by Bishop Piero Marini, Master of Pontifical Celebrations.

    On June 2, the journalists will meet in the Paul VI Auditorium. Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, will speak on "Truth and Witness," at 11 a.m. In the afternoon, beginning at 5 p.m., the participants will hear Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State; Archbishop François Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; and Bishop Diarmuid Martin, secretary of the same Council. On this occasion, there will be a video-conference connection from the Paul VI Auditorium with journalists meeting simultaneously in Washington, Mexico City, and Manila.

    The journalists will cross the threshold of the Holy Door on Saturday, June 3, in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls. This moment will be followed by an ecumenical celebration entitled "Festival of the Word," presided over by Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. In the afternoon, there will be priests available in various parts of the city for the sacrament of reconciliation. An organ concert is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in St. Mary of the Angels' Basilica.

    The climax of the Journalists' Jubilee will be on Sunday morning, June 4. It will begin with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, president of the Jubilee's Central Committee, followed at 12:15 p.m. by an audience with John Paul II.

    On May 30, as a prelude to the Journalists' Jubilee, a document entitled "Ethics in Social Communications," published by the Pontifical Council of Social Communications, will be presented. The text was preceded two years ago by a document on ethics and advertising, prepared by the same Pontifical Council. ZE00052601

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