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The Media and the Millennium
January 1, 1996... At midnight on December 31, 1999 the church will begin to celebrate the third millennium of Christ's Incarnation, the third millennium that will dawn on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It is entirely possible, however, that most of the world will be watching the ball drop in Times Square....
Pope John Paul II's plan for celebrating the Jubilee Year.
January 1, 1996... Since the publication o; the very first document of my Pontificate, I have spoken explicitly of the Great JubiIee suggesting that the time leading up to it be lived as "a new advent." . . . In fact, preparing for the Year 2000 has become as it were the hermeneutical key of my Pontificate. It...
The Church's Celebration of the Jubilee Year 2000
January 1, 1996... Q: Your Excellency's appointment to chair the church's celebration of the Jubilee in the year 2000 is an enormous task. As I understand it, you are responsible for coordinating multiple commissions and celebrations, each concerned with a different aspect of the church's universal celebration of...
January 1, 1996... The central idea of the millennium legend is that the Earth will be transformed into what it was in the beginning: a place of perfect harmony and justice, free from all suffering and strife. Often this involves the return of a hero, who established things the way they were in The First Place....
Apocalyptic Spirituality: Approaching the Third Millennium
January 1, 1996... Not all Christians have put much faith in the attitude of living in the shadow of the Second Coming enjoined in these words. Pope Boniface VIII, beleaguered by the attacks on his papacy by the Spiritual Franciscans in the name of an imminent end of the age of the carnal church, once testily...