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Italy    POPE REMEMBERS THOSE WHO CANNOT ENJOY A VACATION
John Paul II dedicated his only scheduled public meeting during his 12 vacation days to greet all those who are enjoying days of rest at this time, but especially those who cannot go on vacation.
    From the serenity of the Italian Alps, the Holy Father wished to "send greetings to those who are on vacation in this valley and elsewhere, in the mountains or at the beach. I invite all to make these days of merited summer rest a time of interior enrichment and enjoyable family leisure."
    But he also paused to remember those who cannot take a vacation.
    "I affectionately greet the sick, elderly, imprisoned, and persons who are alone. I assure each one of my daily remembrance in prayer," he said.
    The Pope's vacation this Jubilee year is brief; it will end on Saturday. Over the last few days of unstable weather, John Paul II has gone by car with his colleagues and friends to enjoy the mountain scenery. In addition to spending much time in conversation, as Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who is accompanying the Pope, confirmed today, the Holy Father has spent time reading various books, praying, and thinking about the forthcoming stages of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.
    Zenit (available soon)
   
18 July 00



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