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Tilt Pon. is • to preside over the canonisation of the founder of the Society of the Divine Word.

Arnold Jannsen was born on November 5, 1837, in Goch, Germany. Ordained a priest at 23, he was assigned to teach natural sciences and mathematics in the secondary school of Bocholt, where he became known as a strict, but fair teacher.

Because of his profound devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, he was appointed diocesan director of the apostleship of prayer. In this capacity, he was open also to Christians of other denominations.

.In time, Fr Jannsen decided to dedicate his life to awaken the Church in Germany to its missionary responsibility and so, in 1873, he resigned from his teaching post. He then

founded The Little Messenger of the Heart of Jesus, a monthly review which featured mission news and encouraged German Catholics to do more for the missions.

At that time, Otto von Bismarck unleashed the Kullurkarnpf, which was translated into antiCatholic laws, the expul

sion of priests and religious, and the imprisonment of several bishops.

Pope's rosary

year appeal

THE POPE dedicated his traditional Angelus address last Sunday to the new "luminous mysteries" of the rosary.

John Paul II told pilgrims that the contemplation of the luminous mysteries of Jesus' life revealed the face of God.

The reflection was part of the Pope's spiritual preparation for his pilgrimage to the Shrine of Pompeii, near Naples, on October 7.

The Holy Father proposed the luminous mysteries when he launched the Year of the Rosary last October. That year ends this October 19.

The papal meditation ended with an exhortation: "In these last weeks of the Year of the Rosary, let us feel ourselves more united than ever in reciting the holy rosary, in a particular way for families and for peace in the world."

General audience

THE ENGLISH summary of Pope John Paul II's weekly general audience, given at St Peter's on Wednesday, September 17, 2003: "Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank Almighty God for the grace of my recent visit to the noble land of Slovakia. My gratitude goes to all who made it possible.

"I cherish my meetings with the pastors and the faithful at Bratislava, Trnava, Banska Bystrica and Roznava. The Church, purified through persecution and now in a process of renewal, received with joy the gift of two new blesseds: Bishop Vasil Hopko and Sister Zdenka Schelingova. May God bless Slovakia for its love of the Church and the Successor of Peter!

"I offer greetings to the English-speaking visitors present today ... Upon all of you I invoke the grace and peace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."

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