October 25, 2000, Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, mandated by the Holy Father,
will visit the flooded areas of the Aosta Valley.
John Paul II has already expressed his grief on Wednesday
for the victims of the flooding. Through this gesture, His Holiness
wants to underline the special closeness toward those suffering in Northern
Italy, particularly, the population that for years now have welcomed him so
affectionately each summer.
the morning, the President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum will meet with
local authorities of the Regional Council of the Aosta Valley and those
responsible for Civil Protection. He will speak with the parish priests of the
affected areas as well as with the Bishop of Aosta, to whom he will offer a
special donation on behalf of the
a visit to the flood victims at Gressoney Saint Jean, Archbishop Cordes will
preside at a Eucharistic Celebration to be held in Donnas at 6 p.m. for the
victims and for the volunteers who assist them. This will commemorate in a
special way the Year 2000: the year of reconstruction. In celebrating the
Jubilee Year with the Pope’s representative, this will strengthen their
closeness to the Vicar of Christ, since they can not visit Rome, as they are
rebuilding that which the recent disaster destroyed.
October 24, 2000