Light of the Gospel Needs to Address Contemporary Issues

Receives Members of Washington’s John Paul II Cultural Center

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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 5, 2004 ( John Paul II encouraged members of Washington’s John Paul II Cultural Center to shed the light of the Gospel on the important issues that affect contemporary men and women.

He received the members in audience on Friday during their annual visit and pilgrimage to Rome to see the Holy Father. The center’s trustees were accompanied by Archbishop Adam Joseph Maida of Detroit.

“I thank you for your support of the Center’s work in promoting dialogue between the worlds of faith and culture,” the Pontiff said.

“It is my hope that the center will help bring the truth of the Gospel and the wisdom of the Church’s tradition to bear on the great issues shaping contemporary society,” he added.

The center, inaugurated March 2001, has a museum with interactive displays and offers conferences and courses on the magisterium of the Church, and in particular on John Paul II.

The John Paul II Cultural Center may be visited at

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