DAILY CATHOLIC     WEDNESDAY     January 20, 1999     vol. 10, no. 13

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POPE BLESSES SHEEP; WOOL USED FOR PALLIUM; RELEASES LENTEN MESSAGE EARLY

          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- In a regular annual ceremony on Monday, Pope John Paul II blessed two sheep whose wool will be used to make the ceremonial vestment given to archbishops as a sign of their authority.

          The woolen vestment, the pallium, is conferred on each metropolitan archbishop. The sheep whose wool is used for these vestments are traditionally blessed by the Pope on or around the feast of St. Agnes, January 21.

          The pallium is a white woolen band that circles the neck, with pieces hanging down on the front and back, decorated with crosses. It is worn on formal liturgical occasions by all archbishops and patriarchs, including the pope.

          In his message for Lent 1999, made public by the Vatican on January 19, Pope John Paul II asks the faithful to reflect on God's providential care for all men.

          The "experience of the Father's love," the Pope says, should encourage believers to follow "a logic of service and sharing." He emphasized that this logic should prevail especially during Lent, "a particular time of charity."

          "The new poverties and the great questions which anguish many hearts are awaiting concrete and appropriate responses," the Holy Father said. He pointed to those who need the help that Christian charity can afford: "those who are alone, who find themselves on the margins of society, who are hungry, who are victims of violence." He summarized the pattern of need by citing the need to help "those who have no hope" and "those who are excluded every day from the banquet of a consumerist society." All such people, he said, "must be made to feel, through the care of the Church, the tender care of their Father in heaven."

          When people live in continual misery, the Pope continued, "that cannot help but prick the Christian conscience, and call the believe to face his urgent duty, in personal and communal ways." On the question of communal duties, the Pontiff called on international leaders to ensure "a more just distribution of the earth's good."


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January 20, 1999       volume 10, no. 13
NEWS & VIEWS

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