ZENIT News Agency, The World Seen from Rome
Play About Joan of Arc Reminds Pope of Mideast
Production at Castel Gandolfo Prompts Comment
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 22, 2006 (Zenit.org).- After seeing the play
"The Mystery of Joan of Arc's Charity," Benedict XVI could not but mention
the tragedy in the Middle East and the situations of peoples at war.
The play by French writer Charles Péguy (1873-1914) was acted in the
original language by three actresses in the courtyard of the papal summer
residence of Castel Gandolfo last Saturday afternoon, at the initiative of
the Archdiocese of Monaco and the principality's embassy to the Holy See.
The play echoes the dramatic cry of the 15th-century national French heroine
for an end to the misery and suffering she saw around her.
Moved, the Pope acknowledged that the "representation of this work seems
to me to be a particular opportunity."
The Holy Father explained: "In the international context we know today, given
the tragic events of the Middle East, the situations of suffering caused
by violence in numerous regions of the world, the message transmitted by
Charles Péguy in 'The Mystery of Joan of Arc's Charity' continues
to be a very useful source of reflection."
The Pope ended his words of gratitude in French to the actresses and organizers
of the representation asking God to hear the prayer of St. Joan "and ours,
and give our world the peace to which it aspires."