Mexico Visit 1999
Mexico City, January 25th., 1999
Rodriguez Brothers Racetrack
[Official Vatican Text]
May love of Mary guide your life
At the end of the Mass he celebrated on Sunday morning, 24 January, at the Hermanos
Rodriguez Racetrack, the Holy Father led the recitation of the Angelus, which he
introduced with a short reflection on the role of Mary in the evangelization of America.
Here is a translation of the Pope's remarks, which were made in Spanish.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
1. At the Holy Mass we have just celebrated, I had the joy of sharing with all of you
the same faith and the same love for Jesus Christ, as well as the same hope in his
promises. I thank you with all my heart for coming here in such large numbers, and I again
encourage you staunchly to live your Christian commitment as members of the Church which
is approaching the third millennium.
2. The Post-Synodal Exhortation Ecclesia in America, presented yesterday,
invites this beloved continent to renew its "yes" to Jesus Christ, accepting and
responding with missionary generosity to his command to proclaim the Good News to all
nations (cf. Mk 13:10). Once again I place under Mary's protective gaze the evangelizing
fruits of the recent Synod for America, the apostolic zeal of its local Churches and this
Pastoral Visit to the beloved Mexican nation.
3. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ends tomorrow; this year its theme is: "He
will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them"
(Rv 21:3). To achieve full communion among all believers in Christ is a constant goal of
the Church, which asks the Father with renewed zeal in preparation for the Great Jubilee
of the Year 2000 to make Christ's desire that all may be one a reality (cf. Jn 17:11).
Full unity among Christians, towards which encouraging steps are being made, is a gift of
the Holy Spirit which must be requested with perseverance.
I was saddened to hear of the barbaric murder of Sr Maria Aloysius of the Missionaries
of Charity in Sierra Leone, and of the disturbing information about episodes of great
violence against the Church's work in the Republic of the Congo, Brazzaville. No motive
can justify such savage cruelty towards people and institutions who have dedicated
themselves for years to the good of all. Let us ask the Lord to inspire in everyone
sentiments worthy of the human person created in the image of God.
4. May love for the Mother of God, so characteristic of American piety, help guide your
own life according to the spirit and values of the Gospel, so that you may bear witness to
them in the world. Our Lady of Guadalupe, intimately associated with the birth of the
Church in America, was the radiant Star which illumined the proclamation of Christ the
Saviour to the children of these peoples, helping the first missionaries in their
evangelization. I ask her, who bore the "Good News of God" in her womb (Evangelii
nuntiandi, n. 7), to help them be witnesses of Christ to others.
May Blessed Mary intercede for us and, with her motherly protection, accompany us in
this inspiring commitment.