DAILY CATHOLIC     THURSDAY     November 12, 1998     vol. 9, no. 222

NEWS & VIEWS
from a CATHOLIC perspective

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STORM CURBS PAPAL AUDIENCE

          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- A storm interrupted Pope John Paul II today during his regular weekly public audience. Before wind-swept rain cleared St. Peter's Square, the Pope has been speaking on the theological virtue of hope.

          In the 24th talk of his series on the Holy Spirit, the Pope said that hope is an antidote to pessimism. He told the crowd of pilgrims that the Holy Spirit gives believers access to "perfect hope." And that virtue is particularly valuable today, in a world where "so many dangers menace the future of humanity, and so many uncertainties cloud our personal futures"--where "the crisis of a sense of existence and the enigma of death and suffering keep knocking on the port of the contemporary heart." Through the work of the Spirit, he continued, the "message of hope which comes through Jesus Christ brightens the dark horizon of uncertainty and pessimism."

          As the Pope spoke, rains began to sweep through the Square, and tourists began seeking shelter under the colonnades. Although the platform from which the Pope speaks is protected from sun and rain by a canopy, the wind drove the rain at an angle under that canopy, and the Pope was forced to cut his appearance short.


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Nov 12, 1998       volume 9, no. 222
NEWS & VIEWS

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