Santiago de Chile (Fides Service) – For the whole month of October the Church in Chile has organised a series of events to celebrate the 25 years of Pope John Paul II pontificate’s. The events are organised jointly by the Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile, Chile’s Catholic University, the Polish and Italian embassies, various museums: Carmine Maipù Museum, Police Museum Cathedral Museum and John Paul II Porto Monttm Museum, Moneda Palace, Shrines: Cerro San Cristobal and Teresita de Los Andes, management of libraries archives and museums and the social union of Christian businessmen.
Among the events planned: a concert by Lublin University Choir (from Poland) conducted by Grzegorz Pecka, with the participation of the Polish embassy. Mass for the university community presided by Mgr Andres Arteaga, with the participation of Lublin University Choir. “Laetatus sum” Mass by Wolkfram Menschick. On Sunday 19 October Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, presided a solemn Eucharistic concelebration in the Cathedral. 22 October a ceremony to mark the official beginning of the Pontificate in the Aula Magna of the Extension Centre: Card. Francisco Javier Errazuriz, archbishop of Santiago de Chile and President of the Council of Latin American Bishops Conferences (CELAM), will speak on “The Holy Father and Latin America ”. On 31 October, to close this month of celebrations, there will be the presentation of a CD “The Teachings of John Paul II and the main papal documents in the 20th Century” produced by Father Samuel Fernandez.
Various aspects of Pope John Paul II’s teaching will be studied during a cycle of conferences 20-31 October: “The pedagogical thought of Karol Wojtyla”; “Women in the thought of John Paul II”; “John Paul II’s struggle for peace”; “Ecumenical interreligious ministry”; “Election of John Paul II. Religion and History at the end of the 20th Century ”; “The Family in the thought of John Paul II”. (R. Z.) (Fides Service 20/10/2003 – lines 25; words 335)