JOHN PAUL II
Sunday, 19 September 1999
Dear Slovenian brothers and sisters! The Blessed Virgin holds
an important place in the religious devotion of your people. Many of your
hymns speak of her and many lovely churches and chapels are dedicated to her
in every corner of your land. Here I would particularly like to mention the
three famous Marian Shrines of Sveta Gora, Brezje and Ptujska Gora, where
you love to go on pilgrimage to seek refuge in your trials and hardships and
to give thanks when your prayers have been heard.
2. In this regard, it is sometimes thought that the human
person is a totally autonomous and independent being with no relationship
with God, as if he were sufficient unto himself and could draw the necessary
energies for his fulfilment from his own reason and the work of his hands.
But can the human person truly fulfil himself without God, or even in
opposition to him?
3. Today we entrust to the Blessed Virgin your city of
Maribor, where the new blessed carried out his episcopal ministry. Let us
entrust it to her together with the other Dioceses of Slovenia and with your
With great affection I greet the pilgrims from neighbouring Croatia who have wanted to participate in this solemn liturgical celebration. Their presence also gives me the opportunity to recall the innocent victims of wars and totalitarian regimes and, in particular, those who were heaped in the common graves recently discovered near Maribor. May these tragic events never occur again. May God grant the precious gift of peace to Slovenia, to Croatia and to all the countries of Europe and the whole world.
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