URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II
Easter Sunday, 20 April 2003
1. "Surrexit Dominus de sepulcro qui pro nobis pependit in ligno" (from the Liturgy). "The Lord is risen from the tomb; for our sake he hung on the Cross". Alleluia! The Easter proclamation joyfully resounds: Christ is risen! He is truly risen!
MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER JOHN PAUL II FOR THE 18th WORLD YOUTH DAY (APRIL 13, 2003)
"Behold, your mother!" (Jn 19,27)
My dear young people!
1. It always gives me great joy to address a special message to you on the occasion of World Youth Day. It is also a way to show you the extent of my affection for you. The vivid recollection of my experiences during our World Youth Day meetings is impressed on my memory: young people and the Pope together, and a large gathering of bishops and priests, all with our gaze on Christ, light of the world, invoking him and proclaiming him to the entire human family. While I give thanks to God for the witness of faith that you have given once again recently in Toronto, I renew the invitation I made to you on the banks of Lake Ontario: "the Church today looks to you with confidence and expects you to be the people of the Beatitudes!" (Exhibition Place, 25 July 2002; ORE, 31 July 2002, p. 6).
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II FOR THE ELEVENTH WORLD DAY OF THE SICK (WASHINGTON D.C., U.S.A., FEBRUARY 11, 2003)
1. «We have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world . . . We know and believe the love God has for us» (1 Jn 4:14,16).
These words of the apostle John are a good summary of what the Church seeks to do through her pastoral work in the area of health care. Recognizing the presence of the Lord in our suffering brothers and sisters, she strives to bring them the good news of the Gospel and to offer them authentic signs of love.
MASS FOR RELIGIOUS MEN AND WOMEN ON THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE
SEVENTH WORLD DAY OF CONSECRATED LIFE
HOMILY OF JOHN PAUL II
Saturday, 1 February 2003
1."When the time came for their purification ... they brought the child up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord" (Lk 2,22). The Infant Jesus entered the temple of Jerusalem in the arms of his Virgin Mother.
"Born of woman, born under the law" (Gal 4,4), he submitted to the destiny of every first-born male child of his people: according to the Law of the Lord he had to be "ransomed" with a sacrifice, 40 days after his birth (cf. Ex 13,2.12; Lv 12,1-8).
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II FOR WORLD MISSION SUNDAY 2003
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
1. From the beginning, I wished to place my pontificate under Mary's special protection. Further, I have often asked the entire community of believers to relive the experience of the Upper Room, where the disciples "devoted themselves to prayer, together with ... Mary, the Mother of Jesus" (Acts 1,14). Already in my first Encyclical Redemptor hominis, I wrote that only in an atmosphere of fervent prayer are we able "to receive the Holy Spirit coming upon us and thus become Christ's witnesses ‘to the ends of the earth’, like those who went forth from the Upper Room in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost" (n. 22).
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II FOR LENT 2003
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
1. Lent is a season of intense prayer, fasting and concern for those in need. It offers all Christians an opportunity to prepare for Easter by serious discernment about their lives, with particular attention to the word of God which enlightens the daily journey of all who believe.
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE
1 JANUARY 2003
PACEM IN TERRIS: A PERMANENT COMMITMENT
1. Almost forty years ago, on Holy Thursday, 11 April 1963, Pope John XXIII published his epic Encyclical Letter Pacem in Terris. Addressing himself to “all men of good will”, my venerable predecessor, who would die just two months later, summed up his message of “peace on earth” in the first sentence of the Encyclical: “Peace on earth, which all men of every era have most eagerly yearned for, can be firmly established and sustained only if the order laid down by God be dutifully observed” (Introduction: AAS, 55 , 257).
URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II
1. "To us a child is born, to us a son is given" (Is 9:5). Today the mystery of Christmas is renewed: this Child who brings salvation to the world is also born for the men and women of our own time, bringing joy and peace for all.
MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER JOHN PAUL II FOR THE 89th WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES 2003
For a commitment to overcome all racism, xenophobia and exaggerated nationalism
1. Migration has become a widespread phenomenon in the modern-day world and involves all nations, either as countries of departure, of transit or of arrival. It affects millions of human beings, and presents a challenge that the pilgrim Church, at the service of the whole human family, cannot fail to take up and meet in the Gospel spirit of universal charity. This year’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees should be a time of special prayer for the needs of all who, for whatever reason, are far from home and family; it should be a day of serious reflection on the duties of Catholics towards these brothers and sisters.
MESSAGE OF JOHN PAUL II TO JACQUES DIOUF ON THE OCCASION OF WORLD FOOD DAY
To Mr. Jacques Diouf Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
The annual celebration of World Food Day, by focusing attention on FAO and its efforts to counter hunger and malnutrition, serves to remind us once more of the condition of countless people throughout the world who live in a state of inadequate food security.