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Novo Millennio Ineunte was published by Pope John Paul II at the conclusion to the
millennial year of celebrations commemorating the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. The Holy Father
At the beginning of the new millennium, and at the close of the Great Jubilee during which we celebrated the two thousandth anniversary of the birth of Jesus and a new stage of the Church's journey begins, our hearts ring out with the words of Jesus when one day, after speaking to the crowds from Simon's boat, he invited the Apostle to "put out into the deep" for a catch: "Duc in altum." (Lk 5:4) (1)
This was the purpose of the many celebrations, each of which focused on specific groupings of people with varied religious, scholarly, and cultural interests (see contents list below).
The Holy Father continues by recalling that the turn of the millennium occurred thirty-five years after the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. This period was a time of renewal. For Pope John Paul II, this renewal was to lead the Church to new depths of love and knowledge in order, as he states, that her peoples "would examine how far she had renewed herself, in order to be able to take up her evangelizing mission with fresh enthusiasm."(3) He wonders if the Church has succeeded in this aim.
Again stating the purpose, of this letter he writes:
Now is the time for each local Church to assess its fervor and find fresh enthusiasm for its spiritual and pastoral responsibilities, by reflecting on what the Spirit has been saying to the People of God in this special year of grace, and indeed in the longer span of time from the Second Vatican Council to the Great Jubilee. It is with this purpose in mind that I wish to offer in this Letter, at the conclusion of the Jubilee Year, the contribution of my Petrine ministry, so that the Church may shine ever more brightly in the variety of her gifts and in her unity as she journeys on. 3
Reference to Mary and her role in this renewal is found seven times in the document. [5, 11, 18, 21, 24, 58, 59]
I MEETING CHRIST THE LEGACY OF THE GREAT JUBILEE 4
The fullness of time 5
II A FACE TO CONTEMPLATE 16
The witness of the Gospels 17-18
III STARTING AFRESH FROM CHRIST 29
IV WITNESSES TO LOVE 42
A spirituality of communion 43-45
Conclusion Duc in altum! 58
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