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TUESDAY      June 22, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 120

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      VATICAN ( -- During his Angelus audience on Sunday, June 20, Pope John Paul II offered prayers for peace in Europe, "which still bears the bloody wounds of the recent conflict in Yugoslavia," and in Asia, especially India and Pakistan. The Pope also gave his audience some reflections on his recent trip to Poland.

      "Let us all pray that we can consolidate the peace process in Europe," the Pope urged his listeners. He said that "only the gospel of love and peace which comes from God can bring about solidarity and peaceful accord among individuals and peoples." While he concentrated particularly on the Balkan crisis, he added a request for prayers for India and Pakistan, "where peace is gravely endangered." He asked for prayers that those two countries would "in the immediate future, do everything possible to stop the fighting, which brings violence and death."

      His 13-day trip through his native Poland had been "an unforgettable experience of faith and fraternity," the Pontiff said. He thanked everyone who had been involved in planning the trip or in helping to make it successful by meeting and praying with him. And he sad that the warmth of the crowds throughout Poland had moved and encouraged him,

      The Holy Father's Sunday audience was his first public appearance following his return from Poland. He had been scheduled to bless a new shrine of Divine Love just outside Rome, but that event was postponed for two weeks in order to give him more time to rest and recover from a bout with the flu.


Pope Publishes Theme of World Day of Peace of 2000

      VATICAN CITY, JUN 21 (ZENIT).- This morning John Paul II published the theme he chose for the coming World Day of Peace, to be held on January 1, 2000: "Peace on Earth to Those on Whom God's Favor Rests."

      According to a note published by the Holy See's Press Office, with this message "the Pope wishes peace to everyone and invites all to contribute effectively to the construction of peace from the first days of the Great Jubilee of the year 2000."

Peace and Jubilee

      "The last months of the second millennium are characterized by tragic and bloody conflicts in different parts of the world where the victims are in the great majority innocent civilians or brother nations. The Great Jubilee must become a time of intense prayer and renewed commitment to overcome war as an instrument for resolving differences,"continued the press release.

      According to the document, the last World Day for Peace of the millennium is an attempt to emphasize that "arms are inadequate to construct peace. Every day it is more urgent to find means to do away with conflicts and guarantee peaceful relations among peoples."

Peace in a Globalized World

      The Vatican text explains that "the great challenge of peace comes today in the context of a world that is living, on one hand, a process of globalization and, on the other, a paradoxical generalized fragmentation leading to social instability and insecurity. It is not sufficient to silence arms in order to have peace. Peace embraces all aspects of social life: development, the economy, human rights, the preservation of creation. To meet the modern challenges, new programs of peace and structures that are adapted to the new world configuration are necessary."

      Finally, the note clarifies that "without the elimination of misery and the integral development of all nations, peace will always be fragile. In fact, peace is founded on the human person, gifted with inalienable dignity, called to live with others in a society open to peaceful coexistence in diversity." ZE99062104


600 Priests Meet to Pray in Holy Land

      JERUSALEM, JUN 21 (ZENIT).- Following the meetings in Fatima, Portugal; Yamossoukro, Ivory Coast; and Guadalupe, Mexico, the 4th International Meeting of Priests will open tomorrow in Nazareth, in the Holy Land. Subsequent days of meetings meetings are planned for Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The event was organized by the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, presided by Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos.

      The meeting will be a week of intense spiritual life, in which more than 600 priests from all over the world will participate in moving liturgies, meditations and conferences in places where Jesus lived.

      The meeting, which takes place within the framework of preparations for the Great Jubilee of the year 2000, will begin with a Mass tomorrow morning in the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth of Galilee, and will be followed in the afternoon by a meeting at the Mount of the Beatitudes and later in Capernaum, where Christ promised the Eucharist; as well as on the shores of Lake Tiberias, where Peter received primacy among the Apostles. The topic of the day will be the profession of faith: "I believe in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church." The meditations will be centered on "Communion as the Characteristic of the Priesthood."

      On Wednesday the priests, who will celebrate Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation, will meditate on the banks of the Jordan on the verse "I profess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins," analyzing the difference between the baptismal and ministerial priesthoods.

      The meeting will continue on Friday in Jerusalem, on Saturday in Bethlehem and on Sunday, once again in the Holy City, where it will conclude. ZE99062107


      BOGOTA ( - A senior leader of a Colombian rebel group admitted on Friday to seeking ransom for some hostages taken in raids on a Catholic church last month and an airliner in April, prompting Colombia's president to break off negotiations.

      Antonio Garcia, deputy commander of the National Liberation Army (ELN), confirmed prior reports that his group is demanding money from the families of some of the 62 remaining hostages. The group had already released dozens of other hostages. "The government charges taxes and fees. .. We also have the right to do so," he said.

      President Andres Pastrana cut off dialogue with the ELN, who have released hostages in small dribs and drabs since the church raid in Cali on May 30. "I reject most vehemently and categorically the extortive and careless attitude assumed by this armed group," Pastrana said in a nationally televised speech.

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May 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

    Dear children! Also today I call you to convert and to more firmly believe in God. Children, you seek peace and pray in different ways, but you have not yet given your hearts to God for Him to fill them with His love. So, I am with you to teach you and to bring you closer to the love of God. If you love God above all else, it will be easy for you to pray and to open your hearts to Him. Thank you for having responded to my call.
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