At the conclusion of the recitation of the Angelus this Sunday, Pope John Paul II greeted the participants of the Social Week for Italian Catholics, calling on Catholics to have a strong presence in public life.

Referring to the event, which ended this week in Bologna and whose theme was, “Democracy, New Theaters, New Powers,” the Pope expressed his desire that “the reflections of this important congress provide new motivation to the ecclesial community of Italy to give increasingly stronger witness in all areas of life in the country.”