This afternoon the Pope spoke, first at Catholic University (during which we again saw our archbishop, to our great delight) to a large group of Catholic educators, then at the John Paul II center for an Interreligious Prayer Service. Both addresses can be read online here and here. I found the quote below quite fascinating:
The dynamic between personal encounter, knowledge and Christian witness is
integral to the diakonia of truth which the Church exercises in the midst of
humanity. God's revelation offers every generation the opportunity to discover
the ultimate truth about its own life and the goal of history. This task is
never easy; it involves the entire Christian community and motivates each
generation of Christian educators to ensure that the power of God's truth
permeates every dimension of the institutions they serve. In this way, Christ's
Good News is set to work, guiding both teacher and student towards the objective
truth which, in transcending the particular and the subjective, points to the
universal and absolute that enables us to proclaim with confidence the hope
which does not disappoint (cf. Rom 5:5). Set against personal struggles, moral
confusion and fragmentation of knowledge, the noble goals of scholarship and
education, founded on the unity of truth and in service of the person and the
community, become an especially powerful instrument of hope.
Below are listed the diferent size files of the video of this event.
18k, 100k, 300k, 500k
Tomorrow the Pope will arrive in New York at 9:30 Eastern Time and will address the United Nations an hour later. Encore presentations of the latter will be at 2:30 PM and 8PM on Friday; April 19, 2AM, all Eastern Time.
Ria and Gus