DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     March 26-28, 1999     vol. 10, no. 60

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PONTIFF ACCEPTS INVITATION TO ARMENIA, RECEIVES SINGAPORE PREMIER AND UKRAINIAN BISHOPS ALL IN ONE VERY BUSY DAY

          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II has expressed his desire to travel to Armenia. The Pontiff made his ambition clear during a meeting with Catholicos Karekin I, the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

          Catholicos Karekin is in Rome this week for the opening of an exposition at the Vatican Museum, highlighting the relations between the Holy See and the Armenian people. He issued a personal invitation for the Pope to visit his country, and President Robert Kacharian, who also met with Pope John Paul on March 25, issued a separate invitation.

          Pope John Paul told each of his visitors that he planned to make the visit, "if Providence permits me." In a particular message to the Armenian prelate, he expressed his satisfaction with "the progress we have made in our common search for unity in Christ." He observed that the Armenian Apostolic Church will celebrate its 17th centennial in the year 2001, and said that date, along with the Jubilee of 2000, should be seen as an invitation to "common witness to our faith in Jesus Christ."

          The Pope also recalled his meeting with Catholicos Karekin in 1996, culminating in a joint expression of faith which eliminated theological difficulties between the Catholic and Armenian churches. He said that this ecumenical progress should be ratified "wherever Catholic and Armenian faithful live together," by stronger ecumenical contacts and shared initiatives to promote the message of the Gospel.

          On March 25, the Holy Father also received the prime minister of Singapore, Goh Chok Tong, in a private audience at the Vatican.

          The Singapore leader, who is in Italy to explore trade contacts with the European countries, also met with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican Secretary of State. An official release stated that the meetings allowed "an exchange of useful information" about the situation in Asia in general and Singapore in particular.

          Singapore's population is predominantly Chinese in ethnic origin, although Malaysians and Indians are sizeable minorities. There are roughly 130,000 Catholics among the population of 3 million.

          Finally, Pope John Paul II also met with the bishops of Ukraine on March 25, and underlined to them the importance of ecumenical progress.

          The Holy Father paid tribute to the remarkable progress made by the Ukrainian Church in rebuilding since the fall of Communism. Noting that there are three separate Catholic traditions in Ukraine-- the Latin-rite community, the Byzantine-rite Ukrainian Catholic Church, and the much smaller Armenian Catholic Church-- he said that pluralism constitutes both a challenge and an incentive for greater unity. In a reference to the sometimes tense relations between Catholics and Ukrainian Orthodox churches, the Pontiff also repeated the need for union "with all Christian churches."

          Archbishop Marian Jaworski of Lviv led the Ukrainian bishops, who were in Rome for their ad limina visit.


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March 26-28, 1999       volume 10, no. 60
NEWS & VIEWS

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