25 October, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 02/19/2005
VATICAN
Curia prays for the Pope's health in St Peter's Basilica
In his message at the conclusion of the Spiritual Exercises, John Paul II says the Eucharist gives the strength for the daily dedication to the tasks of the Church.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – This morning the entire Roman Curia participated in the mass that brought to a close Spiritual Exercises of Lent.

As tradition demanded, the mass took place in the chapel of the Apostolic Palace in the presence of the Pope. But this year, the Pope did not take part in the liturgy because of his illness.

At the end of the mass, Mgr Leonardo Sandri, Substitute of the Secretariat of State, read a message from the Pope to this year's preacher for the Spiritual Exercises Mgr Renato Corti, Bishop of Novara (Italy). In it, John Paul II expressed his "most cordial gratitude" and stressed that "this week of silence and intense prayer" came to a close with a mass since it coincides with the Year of the Eucharist.

For the Pope, this year's theme—The Church at the Service of the New and Eternal Covenant—echoes the "words of the Lord Jesus at the conclusion of the Last Supper when he offered the Apostles the Holy Chalice". "These words," he said, "we ministers of the altar repeat every time we celebrate the Holy Mass".

The Church, the message noted, lives in the Eucharist "because from that Blood comes the daily commitment to the tasks connected to announcing the Gospel". 

During the mass, the entire assembly prayed for John Paul II's health who was hospitalised from February 1 to the 10 for respiratory problems.

Mgr Corti prayed for the Pope, so that "his health may sustain him to carry on the great and wonderful task God assigned him".

The Bishop also thanked John Paul II for giving him this year the "opportunity" to preach the Spiritual Exercises of Lent and the chance "to live close to him and those who in the Universal Church have a particular responsibility in announcing the Gospel".

During the prayer of the faithful, prayers were said for John Paul II because "with the example of his life, continuously given for the good of everyone, [he] may be a living image of the goodness and mercy of the Celestial Father and loved and listened to by all with filial affection". 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
02/23/2013 VATICAN
Pope: evil is seeking to soil the beauty of God
03/05/2006 VATICAN
Pope: Lent with Jesus in the desert to fight the spirit of evil
12/21/2004 VATICAN
Pope tells curia it is urgent to rebuild unity among Christians
12/22/2005 VATICAN
Pope: Christ's Christmas and 2005 "which is about to set"
03/08/2009 VATICAN
Pope: I pray for all women, for their dignity and value

Editor's choices
IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraA second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."
IRAQ-VATICAN
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul": Archbishops’ thanks as first aid arrives
by Amel NonaMsgr. Amel Nona, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, who is also a refugee himself, thanks all the donors to the AsiaNews campaign. The situation is increasingly difficult given the huge number of refugees and the arrival of winter and snow, making outdoor shelters and tents impossible. The crisis, an occasion that activates the faith of Christians.
ITALY - IRAQ
After raising € 350,000, 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraDonations raised up to 31 August have been sent to the patriarch of Baghdad and the bishops of Kurdistan. The campaign helps to feed, house, clothe, and bring comfort to more than 150,000 Christian, Yazidi, Turkmen, Shia and Sunni refugees who fled the violence of the army of the Islamic Caliphate. People in Italy and around the world have been generous, including the poor and the unemployed, a sign of hope for the world as well as those who suffer and those who give.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.