week that the twin themes of renewal and reconciliation set for the observance of the 1975 Holy Year called on Christians to reestablish interior, social and religious peace.
At a general audience in the Vatican he lamented the continuous outbreaks of war and the commercial production of weapons, "Did not all of us hope at the end of the last world war that finally peace would be achived forever?" he asked. Answering his own question, he said: "The atrocious and fearful experience of these present years remind us of a sad reality . . The production and sale of armaments now show us that it is easier and more disastrous than before."
. The Pope dwelt briefly on the theme of renewal, saying that the Holy Year demanded "that we renew ourselves from the in
side and that we must also achieve peace in exterior relations."
Turning to the subject of reconciliation, to which he devoted tha major portion of his talk, Pope Paul stressed three elements of the present day that should be dealt with in striving to get the most out of the religious observance of Holy Year — internal disquiet, social unrest and religious turmoil.
Illistrating the first point, the Pope said: "We feel ourselves to be alive, but at the same time to be living less, to be insufficient in ourselves, full of energies and deficiencies, tormented by our insatiable egotism . . ."
To achieve a reconciliation within ourselves, the Pope said, it was necessary to understand "the art of loving." Ile said that it was an "art which nature itself teaches. if it is listened to correctly and interpreted according to the great and sovereign law of love, which Christ has taught us: love God, love your neighbour."
Social reconciliation, which the Pope used as another way of speaking of peace, "every day becomes more urgent necessity." he said. The first and unfailing task of the Holy Year was to "re-establish peace between us and God."
Spanish flood toll
A telegram to Archbishop Emilio Benavent of Granada from Cardinal Jean Villot, Vatican Secretary of State, expresses Pope Paul's "profound grief" at the news of the severe flooding in south-east Spain in which more than 200 are feared to have died.