THE ENGLISH summary of Pope John Paul II's weekly general audience, given at St Peter's on Wednesday, February 19, 2003.
"Dear brothers and sisters, the canticle found in the third chapter of the Book of Daniel is a magnificent hymn in praise of God's transcendent glory.
"Sung by the three young men condemned to the fiery furnace for their fidelity to the God of Israel, the canticle evokes the holiness and power of the Creator, who dwells among his people in his holy temple in Jerusalem.
"This prophetic celebration of God's closeness to his people prefigures the coming of the Son of God, who in the fullness of time 'took flesh and dwelt among us'.
"In her liturgy the church in every age takes up this song of gratitude for God's merciful love, which guides all history to its appointed end."