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Monday, October 25, 2004


VATICAN CITY, OCT 23, 2004 (VIS) - Yesterday afternoon, during a Eucharistic celebration in the Vatican Basilica, John Paul II urged the students of Roman ecclesiastical universities to place their talents "at the service of the Church, with humility and generosity."

  The Mass was presided over by Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, on the occasion of the inauguration of the academic year of  ecclesiastical universities.

  In his homily, the Holy Father invited the students to commit themselves to work "so that the formation you receive in these years will help you 'to behave' ever more in a way worthy of the Christian vocation."

  Exhorting them "to be men and women committed to creating unity between faith and life on the cognitive level and more importantly on the existential level," the Pope emphasized that "the Eucharist is the principle of unity in charity, of community in a plethora of gifts."

  "The Eucharistic mystery," he continued, "is the school where Christians are formed to the 'intellectus fidei,' making an effort to know through adoration and to believe through contemplation. In it, at the same time, they mature their Christian personality in order to be able to bear witness to the truth in charity."

  John Paul II invited students to follow "the example of St. Thomas Aquinas and all the doctors of the Church" and to strive "to obtain from the Sacrament of the Altar the light of renewed wisdom and constant strength in the life of the Gospel."
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