ANGELUS REFLECTIONS ON TRIP TO EGYPT, VISIT TO MOUNT
VATICAN CITY, FEB 27, 2000 (VIS) - Before praying the
Pope John Paul greeted the thousands of faithful gathered
study window in St. Peter's Square, and reflected on his
just-completed pilgrimage to Egypt and what he called
its "climax, ...
the ascent to Mount Sinai."
He specifically thanked Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak,
authorities, His Holiness Shenouda III, patriarch of the
Orthodox Church, Greek-Orthodox Archbishop Damianos and
the monks of
St. Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai, and Grand Sheikh
Tantawi of Al-Azhar, head of the Muslim community in Egypt.
The Holy Father then underscored the important moments
pilgrimage, which concluded Saturday evening with his
return to Rome.
He spoke of the Mass in Cairo's sports arena, attended
by members of
all of the Churches present in Egypt, and of the "meaningful
ecumenical encounter" on Friday, saying "it pleases me
how profitable the dialogue with the Coptic Orthodox Church
"The focal point of my trip," he affirmed, "was the ancient
of St. Catherine's on Mount Sinai. There, in a simple
ceremony, I was able to commemorate the moment in which
from the burning bush, revealed His name - 'I Am' - to
Moses, as well
as the moment when He gave the People the Covenant based
Decalogue. In the Ten Commandments we see reflected the
of the natural law. The Ten Commandments indicate the
path for a fully
human life. Outside of them there is no future of serenity
for persons, families and nations."
After the Pope and the faithful prayed the angelus, John
greeted "with affection the leaders and members of the
Annus-Pro Pontefice Foundation, which yesterday dedicated
day to the study of the complex question of the relationship
ethics and finance."
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