DAILY CATHOLIC     MONDAY     February 8, 1999     vol. 10, no. 26

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POPE RESUMES NORMAL WORKING SCHEDULE, RECEIVES GREEK BISHOPS ON AD LIMINA VISIT

          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II resumed his normal working schedule on Friday, February 5, after having spent most of the week recuperating from a mild fever.

          The Holy Father met on Friday with several Greek bishops, who were making their ad limina visits. On Saturday, February 6, he will meet with Rome's Mayor Francesco Rutelli-- a meeting which was postponed from February 1 because of the Pope's illness.

          However, in order to keep that appointment with the Mayor, without overcrowding the Pope's schedule during his recovery, the Vatican announced that John Paul II would not join with families from the diocese of Rome in a public recitation of the Rosary on February 7, as had been expected.

          The Vatican anticipates no changes in the Pope's schedule for next week.

          In his remarks to the visiting Greek bishops, the Holy Father observed that the absence of any formal agreement between the Catholic Church and the government of Greece has created some difficulties in that country, and he urged the bishops to work toward a "just and equitable" agreement.

          The Pope also encouraged the bishops to organize their episcopal conference more efficiently, suggesting that a permanent secretariat could stimulate cooperation among the diocesan bishops. He also suggested "a common structure to serve all the diocese," particularly by helping to form young men for the priesthood-- thereby addressing the current shortage of Catholic priests in Greece.

          The Catholic population of Greece is relatively small, and quite diverse, the Pope noted. (Among the six bishops visiting the Vatican this week, one was a Byzantine-rite exarch, while another was of the Armenian rite.) That diversity creates special challenges, the Pontiff noted, but he urged the bishops to coordinate their efforts, so that all Greek Catholics, of whatever background, could work together, thus providing a "new pastoral energy" to the country.


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February 8, 1999       volume 10, no. 26
NEWS & VIEWS

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