DAILY CATHOLIC     THURSDAY     February 4, 1999     vol. 10, no. 24

NEWS & VIEWS
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POPE, RECOVERING, MAKES SHORT PUBLIC APPEARANCE; CARDINAL MARTINEZ SOMALO SAYS SPECIAL MASS ON OCCASION OF THE DAY OF CONSECRATED LIFE

          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II did not hold his usual public audience on Wednesday, February 3. But he did come to the window of his apartment to address a few words of greeting to the pilgrims who had assembled in St. Peter's Square.

          Apologizing for his inability to deliver his usual catechetical address, the Holy Father explained that he is still recovering from what he described as a "seasonal" ailment, which has sidelined him for several days with a cough and a mild fever.

          Taking note of the unusually cold weather in Rome, the Pope asked his listeners to pray for those who suffer from the winter weather-- particularly for those who are homeless, for the victims of the recent devastating earthquake in Colombia, and for those who are vulnerable: the elderly, young children, and the sick.

          Citing the Roman proverb that says Candlemass (the feast of the Presentation, February 2) marks the end of the winter, the Pope concluded his brief remarks by wishing for warmer weather, then joining the pilgrims in reciting the Lord's Prayer.

          Meanwhile, the Noticias Eclesias News Agency reported that St. Peter's Basilica yesterday WAS beautifully illuminated by the candles of the many consecrated men and women from different parts of the world gathered for the Day of Consecrated Life. The solemn Mass, on the occasion of the Presentation of the Lord, was presided by Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, in representation of the Holy Father, who wasn't able to attend due to the cold he has caught these days.

          Cardinal Martinez Somalo read during the celebration the words the Holy Father had sent for the occasion. The text was directed to the consecrated men and women of the whole world, those that "have given their lives entirely to the work at the service of their brethren for the Kingdom of God." He specially mentioned those consecrated men and women that have "poured their blood at the frequently difficult apostolic service done in mortifying conditions," and who are "faithful to their spiritual and charitable mission have known how to unite their own sacrifice to Christ's sacrifice for the salvation of humankind."

          He also mentioned the "consecrated lay persons, discrete witnesses in the world", as well as those who are "in the front line among the poor and margined." He later referred to the consecrated as to those men and women who "decisively contribute in the work of evangelization, giving it a prophetic force founded on the deepness of their option for the Gospel."


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February 4, 1999       volume 10, no. 24
NEWS & VIEWS

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