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Vatican     POPE WARNS AGAINST SHORTENED ATTENTION SPAN
Pope John Paul has told pilgrims in St Peter's Square that we must avoid a shortened attention span that is often associated with immersion in new technology.
    He explained at his weekly Wednesday audience: "'Attention,' as the word itself indicates, means to be concentrated on a reality with your whole soul. The opposite is distraction, which, sadly, is virtually our habitual condition, especially in a frenetic and superficial society like today's."
    He said we need the patience to wait attentively, and the ability to fix our gaze on simple reality. "For an stalk to grow or a flower to open there must be time that cannot be forced."
    Quoting the Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke, he said: "Everything that is frenetic will soon pass. To find the mystery there must be patience, interior purification, silence, waiting."
    Zenit (available soon)
   
28 July 00



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