HILE Cardinal Van Roey
was celebrating Belgium's first evening Pontifical Mass on Sunday, 400 priests brought ciboria from the National Basilica in Brussels and administered H o 1 y Communion to tens of thousands among the huge congregation gathered before the open-air altar.
Before the Mass began the 150,000 —headed by King Baudouin at a throne beside the altar—heard a broadcast by the Holy Father speaking from Castel Gandolfo.
His Holiness called upon them to "defend yourselves against a materialism which little by little is invading society, its institutions and its activities.
"For many," said the Holy Father, "this means a search for a comfortable existence, fully secure for the morrow, but closed to supernatural realities, to all appeal to devotion. and incapable of grasping the needs --at times the crying needs—of other social classes or other peoples.
"It is easy to forget that temporal well-being is not the principal end of human life and that there exist other riches, infinitely more precious and more durable --those of divine charity which make man forgetful of self to give himself to God and His work.
"The Blessed Virgin's role is to let men see a reflection of Heaven among all the cares that chain them to this earth and never tire of reminding them that the sufferings of this world are not worthy to be compared to the glory that God is preparing for His children."