JOHN PAUL II
Sunday, 23 January 2005
1. The "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity" is drawing to a close in
these days. As usual, it will be ending with the celebration of Vespers on 25
January in the Basilica of St Paul's-outside-the-Walls. I will join in
spirit in this liturgy, in which representatives of the other Churches and
Christian Confessions will be taking part and whose principal celebrant will be
Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting
After the Angelus:
Today in Rome we are celebrating World Day for Catholic Schools on the theme: "Church, family and school: educating together". In order to renew this commitment administrators, teachers, parents and pupils of Catholic schools in Rome have gathered in St Peter's Square, together with those responsible for pastoral work in the Diocese. I offer them my affectionate and grateful greeting, as I express the hope that the precious service they offer Catholic schools will be ever more appreciated and supported by both the ecclesial and civil communities.
I greet the Spanish-speaking pilgrims, especially those from the parishes of La Epifanía, San Francisco Javier y Santa Marta de Valencia, as well as the members of the Dioceses of Avila and Extremadura. Pray for the full communion of Christians! The world is waiting for your Gospel witness of unity! Thank you!
I wish you all a good Sunday.
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