DAILY CATHOLIC TUESDAY January 19, 1999 vol. 10, no. 12
NEWS & VIEWS
POPE OPENS WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY, ASKS PRAYERS FOR HIS TRIP TO THE AMERICAS THIS WEEK
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- The annual week of prayer for Christian unity was at the top of the agenda when Pope John Paul II addresses his regular Sunday audience on January 17.
After praying the Angelus with the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father reminded his listeners that every baptized Christian is called by God to contribute to "the mystery of communion which is the Church." That communion, he said, "will be manifest at the end of time, but is already present in our history."
The week of prayer will be concluded on January 25 with a liturgical celebration in the Basilica of St. Paul-outside-the-Walls. Cardinal Edward Cassidy, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, will preside as the Pope's personal representative.
In his Sunday talk, the Pope also mentioned that the day-- January 17-- was dedicated to Judeo-Christian dialogue in Italy. He prayed that the year 1999-- dedicated to God the Father, whose majesty is recognized by Jews and Christians alike-- could be "a great and happy occasion for inter-religious dialogue, especially with believers in the one true God."
Also, during his address before the Angelus prayer, John Paul II recalled his coming
trip to America this week. "I ask you to accompany me with your
prayers during this important apostolic trip. It will give me
the awaited opportunity to return as a pilgrim to visit the
Virgin of Guadalupe, Patroness of Mexico and all America," he
declared. The Holy Father recalled that he had visited Mexico
twenty years ago, in the first apostolic pilgrimage of his
pontificate and he trusted to Mary´s intercession the "new
Evangelization of America, where the larger part of Catholics
and Christians of the world live."
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