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PAPAL LETTER TO NEW PATRIARCH OF ANTIOCH OF THE SYRIANS
VATICAN CITY, OCT 22, 1998 (VIS) - Made public this afternoon was Pope John Paul's Letter in answer to the request of "ecclesiastica communio" presented by His Beatitude Ignace Moussa I Daoud, canonically elected patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians at the Holy Synod of the Bishops of the Syro-Catholic Church, held at Charfet, Lebanon on October 13.

Dated October 20, and written in French, the Pope writes: "In sending you my warmest congratulations, I welcome with all my heart, beloved brother in Jesus Christ, your request for ecclesiastical communion. I am sure that ... Your Beatitude will know how to lead the Church entrusted to you on the path of the Gospel, lived, celebrated and announced with confidence."

 "To you and to all the members of the Holy Synod," the Holy Father concludes his brief message, "to the priests religious and faithful of your patriarchate, I extend my affectionate apostolic blessing."

Also made public was a telegram from Pope John Paul to His Beatitude Ignace Antoine II Hayek, former patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians. He writes, in part: "I wish to tell you of my deep gratitude for the ecclesial service which you have given during these many years as father and head of the 'sui iuris' Syrian-Catholic Church, in exercising this high duty of strengthening the flock entrusted to you in the Middle East and in the countries of the diaspora."

JPII-LETTER:TGR/PATRIARCH ANTIOCH/LEBANON VIS 981022 (250)

CONGRESS ON ORIENTAL CHURCHES IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
VATICAN CITY, OCT 22, 1998 (VIS) - The Congregation for the Oriental Churches has organized a congress for the study of "The Catholic Oriental Churches of Europe in their History of Faith and Suffering from the Beginning of the Century until the Present Day," which will be held from October 22 to 24 in Rome.

A communique outlined that the aim of the meeting is "to deepen the contribution to ecclesial identity which springs from historical awareness of the events of recent decades." Delegates from the Oriental Churches  and from some religious orders particularly active in central-eastern Europe are scheduled to participate in the meetings.

.../ORIENTAL CHURCHES/CEO VIS 981022 (110)

U.S. MELKITE BISHOPS MADE AD LIMA
VATICAN CITY, OCT 22, 1998 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in
separate audiences:

 - Armando Calderon Sol, president of the Republic of El Salvador,
accompanied by his wife and entourage.

 - Eleven prelates from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops on
their "ad limina" visit:

    - Archbishop Daniel Anthony Cronin of Hartford, accompanied by his
auxiliaries, Bishops Peter Anthony Rosazza and Christie A. Malacuso.
    - Bishop Daniel Patrick Reilly of Worcester, accompanied by his
auxiliary, Bishop George Edward Rueger.
    - Bishop Basil Harry Losten of Stamford of the Ukrainians.
    - Bishop Daniel Anthony Hart of Norwich.
    - Bishop Robert Edward Mulvee of Providence.
    - Bishop Edward Michael Egan of Bridgeport.
    - Bishop John Adel Elya, B.S., of Newton of the Greek Melkites,
accompanied by his auxiliary, Bishop Nicholas James Samra.

AP:AL/.../... VIS 981022 (120)

VIS981022 - Last updated 10/22/1998.


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