Jerusalem 2000

AS THE THIRD MILLENNIUM DRAWS NEAR

The Pope's Plan by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

The preparation needed for the Great Jubilee, Jerusalem 2000. We are called to pray and commit ourselves.

In 1994 Pope John Paul II issued the apostolic letter Tertio MiIlenio Adveniente (As the Third Millennium Draws Near), which outlines a six-year program of preparation. This is a summary or precise of that letter's year-by-year program of preparation, and an inventory or catalog of the main themes and actions for each stage of the way.

I- Introduction

II- Preparing for the Great Jubilee

III. Celebration of the Great Jubilee in 2000

- Jubilee 2000 will be celebrated simultaneously in the Holy Land, Rome, and local Churches throughout the world.

- The special purpose of the Jubilee is too give glory to the Holy Trinity "from whom everything in the world and in history comes and to whom everything returns."

- An International Eucharistic Congress in Rome will honor Christ who continues to offer himself as source of divine life.

- Plans call for a meeting of all Christians, carefully prepared to avoid misunderstandings.

- Everyone is asked to do all possible to ensure that the challenge and special grace of Jubilee 2000 is not overlooked or missed (n. 55).