DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     November 15, 1999     vol. 10, no. 216

THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

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    INTRODUCTION

      Today, we bring you the words from His Holiness Pope John Paul II from his two most recent Angelus addresses; the first in New Delhi, India after officially closing the Asian Synod and celebrating an outdoor Mass in New Delhi's stadium. The Holy Father called on Our Lady by her many titles and, though the Pope showed signs of tiredness, because of this most recent self-imposed marathon that took him to the extreme temperatures of India and Georgia, imposed on himself and which on several occasions he had to be helped to walk by those accompanying him, he still took time to greet Indians who were waving handkerchiefs in an effort to catch his attention. He waved back to them and got a thunderous applause when he concluded his short Angelus with special remembrance of Mother Teresa. The second is from yesterday on the occasion of Thanksgiving Day in Italy in which the Bishop of Rome gave thanks and asked special prayers for the victims of two devastating fatal plane crashes and the 7.2 earthquake last week in Turkey. The full English text was translated and provided by ZENIT news agency, article ZE99110720 and ZE99111420.

Angelus Addresses for Sunday November 7 and November 14

Angelus Address at the Official Close of the Asian Synod from November 7, 1999

        Last Sunday in India, the Holy Father delivered his Angelus to about 60,000 at an outdoor stadium dedicated to the memory of Jawaharlel Nehru on the Indian feast of "Diwali" which represents victory of life over death through the festival of light in defeating the darkness. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was the perfect complement to this for Christ conquered death and gives us everlasting life through His Death and Resurrection and the remembrance of Him in consecration of the bread and wine into His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. The Pope also shed light on a radiant memory of Mother Teresa extolling her as forever India's own.

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    At the end of this Eucharistic celebration, we turn with confidence to Mary, Mother of God. Two thousand years ago the Blessed Virgin gave birth to the incarnate Word on Asian soil. Today, Mary continues to cooperate in the birth and growth of divine life in the souls of the baptized. In their daily lives, may the Church's sons and daughters follow the example of Mary, imitating her ability to discern God's will in every circumstance; her total self-offering in love; her boundless fidelity and tireless devotion; her strength, capable of bearing the greatest sorrows; her capacity always to speak words of support and encouragement.

        To you, Mother of the Church, we entrust the results of the Special Assembly for Asia of the Synod of Bishops: lead the Church in Asia in the joyful proclamation of faith in Jesus Christ our Saviour, and in generous service to the peoples of this continent.

        To you, Model of Holiness, we entrust the clergy, the consecrated men and women, and the laity of the Church in Asia: renew and sustain them in a spirit of zeal and in their commitment to the great task of evangelization and service.

        To you, Mirror of Justice, we entrust those responsible for the destiny of this continent: may they seek tirelessly the common good, and work for the true spiritual and material development of the peoples of this continent.

        To you, Mother of Mercy, we entrust the poor, the needy and the suffering: teach us to be one in spirit with them, in order to serve them as our brothers and sisters.

        To you, Mother of the Redeemer, we entrust the young people of Asia: to them the Church offers the truth of the Gospel as a joyful and liberating message, and asks them to use their freshness and enthusiasm, their spirit of solidarity and hope as peacemakers in a divided world.

        Mary, Mother of the New Creation, pray for us, your children, now and always!

        After the recitation of the Angelus, the Holy Father added:

        God bless you all. From this land which preserves the mortal remains of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, show the whole Church that you never forget her witness of evangelical love especially towards the poorest of the poor. Mother Teresa loves India, she is with the people of India forever.

        Yesterday at St. Peter's in Rome, the Holy Father delivered his Angelus to pilgrims gathered in the Square and dedicated it to the victims of the Egyptian plane crash last week, the most recent earthquake in Turkey, and the devastating crash of the humanitarian flight to Kosovo which L'Osservatore Romano called the "Shuttle of Hope." The Pope called it just one more wound in the post-war agony of Kosovo. It was a sober finale to what should be a celebration for Sunday was the Italian Thanksgiving.

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    1. Today Italy celebrates Thanksgiving Day, which invites us to thank God for the fruits of the earth. At the end of one agricultural season, and the beginning of another, we implore divine blessings on the countryside and on the rural world, so that the Lord will help all those dedicated to work in the fields. While I express heartfelt appreciation to those who are intensely dedicated to agricultural activity, which is indispensable for the survival of the whole of humanity, I request the authorities and public opinion to consider with determined solidarity the need and expectations of the rural populations.

        May this Day, which has been celebrated for almost fifty years in Italy, encourage renewed attention in their regard. May the recurrence of this Day be an occasion to better appreciate creation, which God has entrusted to men to cultivate and safeguard as a precious gift.

    2. To the thanksgiving to the Lord for the fruits of the earth, I would like to add thanksgiving for my recent pilgrimage in India and in Georgia, of which I shall be able to speak next Wednesday, during the general audience. This important spiritual experience is a further stage in the road of the new evangelization toward the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.

        I also thank God for the ecumenical celebration that took place yesterday in the Vatican Basilica, in memory of Saint Bridget. During that sacred rite, the prayer of Christ in the Cenacle kept resounding in my mind: "Ut unum sint." Let us continue to walk on the road Christ has pointed out, in the hope of being able to reach the full unity of all believers as soon as possible.

        May Mary, Mother of the Church, sustain us in this effort.

    3. I cannot but recall some disasters and catastrophes of the past days: the collapse of the apartment house in Foggia, burying numerous families in the rubble; an airplane of the World Food Program that crashed in Kosovo, with well-deserving volunteers on board; there has been another violent earthquake in Turkey, following the one in the month of August; a couple of weeks ago an airplane of Air Egypt crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. I ask you to pray for the numerous victims and express my closeness and solidarity to all those who are suffering because of these enormous tragedies. At the same time, I encourage the effort of rescue, help and solidarity, which was immediately and generously manifested, and which merits heartfelt appreciation.

November 15, 1999       volume 10, no. 216
THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

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