TUESDAY
May 31, 2000
volume 11, no. 101









May 31, 2000 - THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
Holy Father's Regina Coeli Address from Sunday, May 28, 2000

    Dearest Brothers And Sisters!

1. At the end of this solemn celebration, we turn to the Blessed Virgin Mary, entrusting to her the fruits of the Jubilee of the Diocese of Rome. We ask her, Salvation of the Roman People, that all those who live in Rome may nourish a strong faith and sincere love for Jesus, only Savior of the world. We ask her, Mother of Divine Love, that Christian spouses will be faithful to the grace of marriage and that families will grow united and open to life. We entrust to her, Mother of Confidence, the youth of Rome, so they will discover that life is a vocation that is fulfilled by giving themselves to God and to their brothers and sisters.

2. I also invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary's help for upcoming Jubilee events: the Jubilee of Migrants and Itinerants, which will take place from Thursday, June 1, to Saturday the 3rd, and the Jubilee of Journalists, which on Sunday, June 4 will provide me with the occasion to meet many workers of this important sector.

    Looking a bit further ahead, I wish to remind you of the International Eucharistic Congress, which will open on June 18 and end on the 25th, with a great evening celebration in this Square. Beginning today I invite Romans to participate in great numbers, hoping, especially, to see many boys and girls making their First Communion.

3. I entrust you, pilgrims here present, to Our Lady, particularly the participants of the meeting of the Italian Red Cross, whom I encourage in their efforts on behalf of the weak and most forgotten. I greet the children of Deruta, near Perugia, who have undertaken the "March of Angels." The month of May is coming to an end, and will finish on the 31st with the liturgical feast of the Visitation, which commemorates, specifically, Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth. Almost everywhere on that day Marian celebrations will be held, and also in the Vatican, where the now traditional evening procession to the Lourdes Grotto will take place.

    At Lourdes and at Fatima, the Mother of God gave us the same message: prayer and penance, direct echo of the evangelical admonition: watch and pray! Only in this way will peace triumph in hearts: among men and among nations. Let us all respond: adults, youth, children and elderly to the appeal of the heavenly Mother, so that the fruits of the Great Jubilee will multiply in Rome and in every part of the world. (ZENIT Translation) ZE00052820

          

May 31, 2000
volume 11, no. 101
THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

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