POPE TALKS TO YOUTH ACROSS THE AMERICAS
MEXICO CITY ( EWTNnews) Monday night, Pope John Paul II addressed an enthusiatic
crowd of more than 120,000 followers, most of whom were dressed in white to show their
love for him, as well as, youth present via satellite from Brazil, Peru, Venezuela,
Argentina and the U.S. Each city sent live messages from the youth and was shown to the
Pope on giant television screens.
As the Pope entered the packed soccer stadium in his "popemobile," and
circled the track, hundreds of doves were released into the air and the crowd erupted into
song and applause. Before the Holy Father spoke, actors performed dramatizations of the
Spanish conquest of Mexico and the appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe to Juan Diego in
1531, an event which led to the conversion of millions of Indians to Catholicism. Then the
youth paraded in, filling the center of the arena. Each youth group held flags
representing their countries and announced the Patroness of their country.
The Holy Father called upon the four generations of Catholics present "to pass on
to the next generations a deep-seated conviction of faith, Christian practices and healthy
moral customs. ... Catholics of all the generations of the 20th Century, be bearers and
witnesses of the great hope of the Church in all those places where God has sent you as
seeds of faith, hope and a love without borders for all your brothers and sisters. ...
You, as children of the Church, must work to ensure that the coming global
society will not be spiritually indigent nor inherit the errors of the century which
ends. ... Every one of you, today's Catholics, make the effort to transmit to future
generations the precious heritage of the human and Christian values which give life
meaning." The Pope brought the stadium to a deafening roar when, toward the end of
his speech, he smiled and declared, "Today, I feel Mexican!"
A few in attendance, representing the four generations of those present young
and old couples, singles, and families greeted the Holy Father in behalf of all
those present. It was during this moment that a young girl with one of the families gave
the Pope a "beanie baby".
At the close of the evening the Holy Father asked everyone to pray for the victims of
the earthquake in Columbia. This silenced the crowd and then together erupted in unison
saying an "Our Father." This gesture of the Holy Father is a continuation of his
theme of solidarity for all.
Pope Has Private Meetings With Church Leaders
MEXICO CITY (EWTNews) --After millions packed the Hermanos Rodriguez Racetrack on
Sunday, Pope John Paul II today celebrated a private Mass with Church leaders and their
patrons. At the Papal Nunciate, headquarters for the Vatican's representative in Mexico
City, the Pope urged some 250 worshippers to "strengthen the spirit" by bringing
religious values to public life. During the service the Pope also asked the the small
group of worshippers to remember Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo. Cardinal Ocampowho
was killed with six other people in a shower of gunfire at the Guadalajara Airport while
waiting to receive Papal Nuncio Geronimo Prigione in May 1993.
During Mass, crowds of faithful stood in a vigil outside the Papal
Nunciate. An older woman stood with her son and three nieces. She held a rose made out of
corn husks, which she hoped to give to the Holy Father. She said. "I came out on
Friday to see him, but he passed by so fast I wasn't satisfied