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    DON T JUST TALK ABOUT CHRIST, POPE SAYS Exhortation to Ukrainian Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox VATICAN CITY, NOV. 19, 2001 (Zenit.org).- It is not enough
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      DON'T JUST TALK ABOUT CHRIST, POPE SAYS

      Exhortation to Ukrainian Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox

      VATICAN CITY, NOV. 19, 2001 (Zenit.org).- It is not enough to talk
      about Christ -- the need is "to help people see him," John Paul II
      said today in a challenge to all the Christians of Ukraine.

      This was the instruction the Holy Father gave today to 1,500
      Ukrainian Greek-Catholic faithful who came to Rome to thank him for
      his pastoral visit to Kiev and Lviv in June.

      Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, archbishop major of Lviv, led the Eastern-
      rite pilgrims.

      The cardinal said during the meeting with the Pope said that the
      latter's trip was an event "which has given hope again not only to
      the Ukrainian people, but to all the Slav world," opening "new
      possibilities to give witness to Christ in all the territory of the
      former Soviet Union."

      John Paul II responded by challenging the "three venerable" rites
      (Latin, Byzantine and Armenian) which coexist in Ukraine, not to
      engage in rivalries but to be committed to reciprocal love and
      respect for the plurality of their traditions, which are
      a "magnificent symphony of the Church of Christ."

      After recalling the harsh years of the Communist regime, the Holy
      Father acknowledged that "today in your land one can speak freely of
      God. However, for contemporary man, immersed in noise and the
      confusion of daily life, words are no longer enough: Not only does he
      want to hear talk of Christ," but "in a certain sense he wants to see
      him."

      The Pope said that this challenge should unite Catholics, Orthodox
      and Protestants.

      "Give Ukrainian people the possibility to see their Savior," the
      Pontiff exhorted. Do "not wait for someone to create the conditions
      favorable to commitment and pastoral work; inspire them yourselves
      with creativity and generosity."

      He added: "Give witness with your life and works to the presence of
      the Risen One among you! It is the most eloquent and effective
      message that you can give to your fellow citizens."

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