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January 20. 1998

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Quality of Encounter with Christ is All Important
St. Vincent Pallotti - "The Second Apostle of Rome"
The Pope's Prayer

Quality of Encounter with Christ is All Important

At the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Francisco Javier Erra´zuriz Ossa, Bishop of Valparaiso, Chile presented the following intervention:

The central question of our Synod refers to the quality of the living encounter with the Lord. If this encounter is as enlivening and transforming as it was in the life of the saints, it will yield fruits of conversion, communion and solidarity.

I would like to suggest, as a part of the Synod's conclusions:

1. That we give great importance to popular piety, to the shrines, to pilgrimages and forms of devotion to the Blessed Virgin and the saints, as a privileged way to the encounter with the living Jesus Christ.

2. That we show in the life of the saints all the fruits of conversion, communion and solidarity of their living encounter with the Lord.

3. That we help all priests and faithful toconsider holiness as the most obvious aspiration of a Christian's life, and not as somethjing exceptional, reserved for a few baptized persons.

4. That we are not content with resolutely insisting on the preferential love of Jesus Christ for those who donot have material means. If we wish to promote holiness, we must also openly present his option for Yahweh's poor. It is essential to recover the option that led him to choose Mary, Peter, Matthew, and so many others to build up his Church.

5. That the publication of the conclusions of the Synod appear in the framework of numerous beatifications and canonizations.

Taken from L'Osservatore Romano, 7 January 1988.


St. Vincent Pallotti - "The Second Apostle of Rome"

On January 22, the Church in some parts of the world celebrates the feastday of St. Vincent Pallotti. He was born in Rome in 1795, ordained to the priesthood in the basilica of St. John Lateran for the diocese of Rome, founded the "Union of the Catholic Apostolate" consisting of priests, brothers, sisters and lay people who work for the evangelization of all Christians. Pope Pius XI called him the "Standard bearer of the Apostolate at home and in the missions" and a great friend of the missions. Vincent Pallotti died in 1850 and was canonized by Pope John XXIII during the Second Vatican Council. St. Vincent had a deep love for Mary and called his young society to gather with her in prayer in the Upper Room.

[wooden carving of Mary by an unknown
artist]
Mary, Queen of Apostles

"Although Mary was not a priest nor an Apostle, she applied herself to God's kingdom somuch that she surpasses all the apostles. For that reason the Church salutes her as Queen of Apostles."

St. Vincent Pallotti


The Pope's Prayer

At the Angelus prayer on January 1, 1998, Pope John Paul II concluded his reflection by including the Blessed Virgin Mary, as he usually does:

The Great Jubilee which lies before us is a strong call for believers to the spirit of sharing and a simple way of life, as the condition for an ever more equitable distribution of the fruits of creation.

Dear brothers and sisters, on its way towards the Year 2000 our human family has a concerned and faithful Mother: the Mother of God who wanted to share our human condition to show men the way of justice. Today, at the beginning of a new year, Mary shows Jesus to everyone and repeats: Here is the Way of peace! Do whatever he tells you. Let each person work for justice and peace will be born for all.

The Holy Father then concluded with the prayer:

O Mary, Mother of God, Mirror of Justice and Queen of Peace, pray for us!

In his greeting to the English-speaking pilgrims, he added:

As we continue our preparation for the Jubilee of the Year 2000, it is my special prayer that you, like the Blessed Virgin Mary, will be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit so that you and your families may be brought ever closer to Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of all the world.


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