Pope Welcomed E-mail Greetings

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VATICAN CITY, JAN. 18, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II is grateful for the flood of e-mails sent for his 25th anniversary as Pope, according to a message at the Vatican Web site.

The Vatican site (www.vatican.va) today included a pop-up box with a message saying the Holy Father appreciated the "expressions of affection" sent via electronic mail.

The text is headlined "Response to the Email Messages Sent to His Holiness John Paul II for the 25th Anniversary of His Pontificate."

The message reads: "On the occasion of the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of his election, celebrated on 16 October last, His Holiness Pope John Paul II received numerous congratulatory messages by email.

"The Holy Father appreciates these expressions of affection and esteem and the many prayers offered for his intentions. With gratitude he invokes upon all who greeted him the Lord's abundant gifts of peace and prosperity, and he sends his blessings."