Page 4, 9th July 1982

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Page 4, 9th July 1982 — Communicating the spirit

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Communicating the spirit

AFTER THE applause comes calm reflection. WHY do so many people feel so uplifted by Pope John Paul's presence?

If there is one reason above all, it is surely this : through prayer and an active life of service to others, he has become a communicator of God's loving presence.

To what extent is it possible for the vast majority of people, who are non-Christian, also to receive and communicate God's loving presence?

This is a question needing much consideration by the newly established Pontifical Council for Culture Catholic Herald, 4 June.

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Christ taught that charity should extend beyond the confines of a person's own religion to meet the needs of the outsider.

To promote this Christian charity, we need to recognize that the divine presence is given to — and accepted by — a vast multitude of people, who are non-Christian.

Gerald Meteau Worthing, Sussex.

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