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Pope appears weak at weekly audience

Pope John Paul appeared very tired and frail during his audience. He read only a small portion of his catechetical talk, leaving the remainder to be read by an aide.

About 8000 people attended the weekly papal audience, which took place in the Paul VI auditorium; the Pope travelled to Rome from his summer residence at Castelgandolfo for the occasion. He then returned to Castelgandolfo, but will be in Rome again today for the funeral of Cardinal Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan.

The Holy Father observed that this psalm provides believers with "the assurance that we have not been abandoned to the dark forces of chaos and chance." Despite all troubles and uncertainties, he said, God remains the ruler of the universe.

For Christians, the Pope added, Psalm 95 takes on added meaning because of the knowledge that "Christ, who reigns over the earth, triumphs precisely through his humiliation on the Cross." He encouraged his listeners to meditate on the Christological teachings of the Church, and recognize the love of the Creator who humbles himself for his creatures.

General Audience of Pope John Paul II (18/9/02)

Catholic World News

20 Sep 2002