THE YEAR OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
THE SIGNS OF HOPE
The Year of the Holy Spirit is also the year of hope.
Peace, in a century marked by two world wars, certainly represents one of the
deepest hopes of humanity in this change of millennium. In the Message the Pope
addresses to the world every year, the Holy Father once again indicated the
essential points for an authentic peace process among men and peoples.
Archbishop Jean Louis Tauran, Secretary for Relations with States, Professor
Giuseppe Dalla Torre and the historian Andrea Riccardi propose an in-depth
reading path of the various chapters of the document.
The Pope's pilgrimages have become an important
element in the commitment to realise the Second Vatican Council. (
current pontificate has further widened that programme, starting from Mexico, on
occasion of the III General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate, held in
Puebla in 1979. (
) Pilgrimages have become systematic, reaching the
particular Churches in every continent, with careful attention to the
development of ecumenical relations with Christians of the different
confessions. In these extracts drawn from Tertio Millennio Adveniente there
is the whole jubilee sense of the Holy Father's pilgrimage. His latest pastoral
visit to the island of Cuba, could not but give a strong sign, as a pilgrimage
of the hope of a peace, to a whole year dedicated to the Holy Spirit.
Christian existence in the same way as consecrated
life is intimately marked by the «cloud of the Spirit» (Mt
17:5) On Mount Nabor the cloud is the image of the Spirit: «Like the whole
of Christian existence, also the call to consecrated life is intimately linked
with the work of the Holy Spirit» (Consecrated Life, 19).What does
the presence of the Holy Spirit consist in concretely and what is the
significance of its gifts? The article of theologian Angelo Amato on following