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Pope urges faithful to rediscover the meaning of Sunday

Speaking on Sunday from his balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square, Pope John Paul II urged Christians to rediscover 'with new strength the meaning of Sunday: its 'mystery,' the value of its celebration, its significance for the Christian and human life."

Catholic News Agency reports that his words referred to the theme of the 24th Italian National Eucharistic Congress which will be held in May 2005, which is "Without Sunday, We Cannot Live," which he asked all Italian's to prepare for by rediscovering Sunday.

He also mentinoned that Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, was the first day of the new liturgical year "during which we will contemplate with particular fervor the face of Christ present in the Eucharist."

"Jesus, Incarnate Word, who died and rose from the dead, is the center of history," said the Holy Father. "The Church adores Him and discovers in Him the ultimate and unifying meaning of all the mysteries of faith: the love of God that gives life."

Rediscover the mystery and significance of Sunday, says Pope (Catholic News Agency 29/11/04)

By returning relics to Orthodox, Pope marks desire to speed up Christian unity (Catholic News Agency 29/11/04)
Pope's handing over of saints relics to Orthodox not a "reparation," says Vatican (Catholic News Agency 29/11/04)
Pope again prays for Ukraine (Catholic World News 29/11/04)
Christmas preparations begin in St. Peter's Square (Catholic World News 29/11/04)
Relics were not "stolen," papal spokesman says (Catholic World News 29/11/04)
Homage to Mr. Luboya, victim of HIV/AID (African Jesuit AIDS Network)
May God bring About full communion (Vatican Information Service 29/11/04)
Declaration on the return of relics to Constantinople (Vatican Information Service 29/11/04)
Angelus: Rediscover the meaning of Sunday (Vatican Information Service 29/11/04)
John XXIII community celebrates 30 years (Vatican Information Service 29/11/04)
Doha conference to reaffirm values of traditional family (Vatican Information Service 29/11/04)
In brief: the Pope wrote a message to participants in the International Congress on Consecrated Life (Vatican Information Service 29/11/04)
Pope Calls for Rediscovery of Meaning of Sunday (Zenit 28/11/04)
John Paul II Praying for Peace in Ukraine (Zenit 28/11/04)
Orthodox Patriarch Hopeful as Relics Are Handed Over (Zenit 28/11/04)
Time to Contemplate Christ in the Eucharist, Says Pope (Zenit 28/11/04)
Pope's Letter to Bartholomew I at Return of Relics (Zenit 28/11/04)

Pope John Paul II: Apostolic Letter Dies Domini (The Lord's Day) 5/7/98
Perth archbishop says Sunday will always be the Lord's Day (CathNews 2/2/04)
Why Sunday is our Day of Worship (Liturgy Lines, The Liturgical Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane 16/2/03)
What I did on Sunday

30 Nov 2004