DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     June 22, 1999     vol. 10, no. 120

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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

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June 22, 1999       volume 10, no. 120


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