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JOHN PAUL II ANNOUNCES JUBILEE FOR ARTISTS OF THE WORLD Pope Remembers Emotional Moments of the Jubilee of the Sick

VATICAN CITY, (ZENIT).- As the striking celebrations of the World Day for the Sick
conclude, the Jubilee Year has entered into full swing. John Paul II said as much this morning,
when, speaking with several thousand pilgrims, he dedicated his discourse to comment firstly
upon the emotions experienced throughout these last few days with the five thousand sick
people who had come to Rome despite their sufferings, and then to prepare for the next great
event of the Holy Year: the Jubilee of Artists.

The Pope's thoughts could not distance themselves from those 35 thousand people who
participated in the most recent Jubilee: the infirm, volunteers, doctors, pharmaceutical
representatives, and nurses. Never before in the history of the Eternal City had a similar event
been organized. The high point was the Mass Friday in which the Pontiff administered the
sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to ten gravely ill men and women. Other novel
celebrations surrounding this moment -- such as the candlelight procession up Via della
Conciliazione into St. Peter's Square and the festival afterwards, the Stations of the Cross on
Saturday, which brought the sick together at the Colosseum, the celebration with entertainment
and sports personalities who gave their testimony on dealing with pain and infirmity in their own
lives -- will make this an unforgettable time for the special pilgrims who took part.

"Sickness helps us to understand the mystery of man," said the Holy Father at his midday
Angelus message. "Like the leper spoken of in the Gospel this Sunday, when we are sick we
experience the fragility of being human and strongly feel the desire to be cured. In Jesus, who is
moved to compassion for us, we find support and the answer to our most profound
expectations. In his Cross, all suffering acquires the possibility of meaning; sickness does not
cease to be a trial, but it is illuminated by hope."

The Pope made it clear that "God does not desire sickness; he did not create evil and death." At
the same time, he stated that "from the moment in which these, through sin, entered the world,
his love extended itself totally to make mankind well, to cure it from sin and from every evil, and
to fill it with life, peace, and joy. This then is the consoling proclamation of the Jubilee, and, in
particular, of this Great Jubilee that calls to mind two thousand years since the Incarnation of
Christ."

The Holy Father's considerations then turned to the upcoming surprises that the Jubilee will
offer. On February 17, liturgical memorial of Blessed Fra Angelico, an all-time master of the
palette and the brush, the next "Jubilee" will take place, and the Pope will meet some fifteen
hundred artists. They will also participate in moments of prayer and common testimony,
spending time together in Rome. John Paul II recognizes that these men and women are
"privileged interpreters of the human mystery," since they have been "gifted by God with special
intuitive and expressive capabilities," cultivated with study and experience.

Before reciting the Angelus with the pilgrims present, the Pope concluded: "They will come to
Rome to manifest their faith in Jesus Christ, Word of God incarnate, epiphany of divine beauty in
a human form. Christ is the supreme source of universal art's inspiration, and the contemporary
age, even though marked by atheism, confirms it: the greatest artists of each continent have felt
the need to measure themselves by Christ and his inexhaustible mystery. For this reason, the
Church applies herself in a special way to a dialogue with art." 

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