Pope John Paul II Greets CUA Trustees, Music Students
ROME (From Zenit News Service Sept. 27)
Pope John Paul II greeted CUA's Board of Trustees with enthusiastic praise for the University.
"Your University has long made a quite special contribution to the Church and society in the United States, and therefore, I am happy to have this occasion to encourage you to continue to shape and implement the vision of a truly Catholic university in your culture, especially at this time," the Pope said.
The Pope greeted trustees, CUA's top administrators including the Very Rev. David M.O'Connell, C.M., CUA's president, and music students at his summer residence, Castel Gandolfo.
Referring to his encyclical, "Fides et Ratio," the Pope said that "reason can help faith avoid the dangers of myth or superstition, and faith can open reason to that fullness of truth which of its nature it always seeks. . ."
" [T]he Catholic univiversity of America can make no greater contribution to the work of the new evangelization than to stand as a witness to this deep harmony of faith and reason," he said.
The Pope also thanked the CUA student Concert Choir, under the direction of Neil Ewachiw, who sang in his honor.
"I thank you for the beauty of your music, which shows that, in the Catholic tradition, the good and the true are always wedded to the beautiful. This too is at the heart of the witness of Catholic universities, for beauty is always 'a key to the mystery and a call to transcendence.'"
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