JOHN PAUL II
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
1. The day after tomorrow, 19 March, we will celebrate the solemnity of St Joseph, spouse of the Virgin Mary and patron of the universal Church. The extreme discretion with which Joseph carried out the role entrusted to him by God highlights his faith even more, which consisted in always listening to the Lord, seeking to understand his will and to obey it with his whole heart and strength.
This is why the Gospel describes him as a "just" man (Matthew 1:19). In fact, the just man is the person who prays, lives by faith, and seeks to do good in every concrete circumstance of life.
3. While we think of these upcoming ecclesial events, we look forward to Holy Week and the solemn rites of the Paschal Triduum.
May the Virgin Mary be with us in these days of Lent and make us experience her consoling protection. May every believer find in her a gentle and strong guide to meet Christ with renewed fervour in the mystery of his death and resurrection.
After the Angelus, the Holy Father asked for support for the UN Summit that begins on Monday, 18 March in Mexico. The Pope also asked for prayer for the murdered Archbishop Isaías Duarte Cancino, 63, of Calí, Colombia, killed on Saturday.
In these next days, an event of great importance will take place at Monterrey, Mexico, the International Conference on Financing for Development. I ask everyone to pray so that the international community will respond with a generous and determined commitment to the immense needs of so many brethren who live in a poverty that wounds human dignity. In this connection, I wish to recall that 35 years ago, in the month of March, the Church published a very important document, the Encyclical Populorum Progressio, in which my venerated Predecessor Paul VI pointed out the way toward humanity's common progress, affirming that "development is the new name of peace".
JOHN PAUL II
Fifth Sunday of Lent, 13 March 2005
At noon, seated at a window on the 10th floor of the Gemelli Polyclinic, the Holy Father blessed and spoke briefly to the faithful gathered in the square below. Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, Substitute of the Secretariat of State, then read the prayer of the Angelus. The event was relayed via television to St Peter's Square, while the Holy Father viewed images of the faithful in the Square.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
1. In these days of my hospital stay here at the Gemelli, I have been particularly aware of the presence and attention of so many people who work in the mass media. Today I want to offer them a word of gratitude, for I am well aware of the sacrifices they make in carrying out their appreciated service, thanks to which the faithful in every part of the world can feel that I am closer and can accompany me with their affection and prayers.
2. In our epoch of global communications the mass media play a very important role. Those who work in this sector, who must constantly provide timely information respectful of human dignity and attentive to the common good, also have a great responsibility.
In this season of Lent, which is an invitation to draw more abundantly from the Word of God, I am eager to recall that it is also possible to find spiritual nourishment on the radio, television and Internet. I am grateful to those who dedicate themselves to these new forms of evangelization, making the most of the mass media.
3. Lastly, let us pray to Mary Most Holy so that she will help us to prepare properly for Holy Week, which begins next Sunday. I hope to see many young people in St Peter's Square taking part in the solemn Palm Sunday liturgy that is a spiritual preparation for the World Youth Day, scheduled to take place in Cologne, Germany.
After the recitation of the Angelus, the Holy Father said:
Dear brothers and sisters, thank you for your visit. Long live Wadowice! I greet the Legionaries of Christ. A happy Sunday and a good week to all!
Acknowledgment: We thank the Vatican Publisher for allowing us to publish the Homilies of Blessed Pope John Paul II, so that they could be accessed by more people all over the world; as a source of God’s encouragements to all of us.
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