ADDRESS OF JOHN PAUL II
Friday, 17 May 2002
Reverend Father Abbot Gregor,
1. With great joy I welcome you to the Apostolic Palace. You have chosen the season of the Novena of Pentecost to make this pilgrimage to Rome, to the tombs of the Apostles and the See of the Successor of Peter, on the occasion of the bicentenary of the Heiligenkreuz University Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. Your community pilgrimage, led by the Very Reverend Abbot, not only confirms the academic community of teachers and students, but also manifests the ultimate goal of your studies and your work: a deep and indestructible
communion with the Triune God in his holy Church, here on earth and in the glory of heaven.
Your Jubilee pilgrimage is intended to be an important milestone on your journey as a community of theological studies: May the spirit of fidelity to the Magisterium and to the Tradition of the Church which Heiligenkreuz Abbey and your school have demonstrated since their foundation in 1802, through the work of the Holy Spirit, experience a vital renewal and give wings to your apostolate.
Your intimate desire, which was also that of the disciples gathered with Mary, to receive the "Spirit of truth" (Jn 16,13) opens you to the great mission that I eagerly entrust to you: to be enthusiastic and inspiring partners in the new evangelization of Europe.