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Pope says God revealed love through beauty of creation

Pope John Paul II has told his weekly General Audience that God revealed his love to humanity through the beauty of creation, and through the Bible.

He said Psalm 147 calls on the faithful to praise the Lord for giving his people freedom, peace and security, as well as the gifts of nature and revelation, "which are a foundation for peace more solid than any walls."

The Holy Father was continuing his long-running series on psalms and canticles used in the church's morning prayer, speaking to an audience of 3500 in the courtyard of his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo outside Rome.

He said the believer's response to God's revelation of love must be "prayers of praise to bless the Lord of life and liberty, existence and faith, creation and redemption."

Italy's heatwave has eased slightly, with temperatures in the low 30s this week.

Catholic News Service

God Speaks in History, Creation and Revelation, Says John Paul II (Zenit)
General Audience of John Paul II, Castel Gandolfo, 20/8/03

22 Aug 2003