Historical Recap – Part 4

Each member of the Task Force was given a copy of Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte, for the Closing of the Jubilee of the Year 2000 (see http://www.vatican.va). Perhaps the key statement in this document by our late Holy Father was:

From the beginning of my pontificate, my thoughts had been on the Holy Year 2000 as an important appointment. I thought of its celebration as a providential opportunity during which the church, 35 years after the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, would examine how far she had renewed herself in order to be able to take up her evangelizing mission with fresh enthusiasm.

The Task Force’s top priority became, not the status quo, but the mission of evangelization.

Fr. McGuire

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