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Avery Cardinal Dulles

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228621

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228621.001.0001

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John Paul II and the Advent of the New Millennium

John Paul II and the Advent of the New Millennium

November 16, 1995

(p.191) 14 John Paul II and the Advent of the New Millennium
Church and Society

Avery Cardinal Dulles

Fordham University Press

This chapter looks into the significance of the millennium to the religious sphere, taking into account the views of John Paul II. It discusses the anniversaries in salvation history, the meaning of jubilees, the program of evangelization, ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, human solidarity, repentance and conversion. The jubilee, as understood by John Paul II, has secular and social implications that appear prominently in Jesus' proclamation of his mission. Commitment to justice and peace is a necessary condition for the preparation and celebration of the jubilee. John Paul II laid great stress on the importance of regional churches and their own celebrations of jubilees recalling their distinctive histories. Christian history, as he sees it, may be compared to a single river into which many tributaries pour their waters so as to give joy to the city of God.

Keywords:   2000, new millennium, John Paul II, salvation history, jubilee, human solidarity

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