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NEW
 MILLENNIUM
 CHANCE FOR
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 START, SAY
BISHOPS 
LONDON  Dec. 9 (CWNews.com) - The new Millennium is an opportunity for a new start, said the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales on Wednesday. 

In a statement, the bishops urged society at large, and Catholics in particular, to make a new start with God, with each other and with the poor.  

"This year we celebrate Christmas alongside many Millennium festivities," said the bishops. "The dawn of a new era has its excitements and preoccupations. Yet it is important for us as Christians to keep our minds firmly on the distinctive significance of this occasion." 

They said, "The Millennium is being celebrated because it is, in fact, the Great Jubilee of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Were it not for that great event, we would not be celebrating this moment at all. There are many ways in which we can call and invite others to come to know Christ in the Gospel and in the community of the Church. Foremost among these is our work together for a society of justice, love, truth and peace -- the hallmarks of the Kingdom of God." 

The bishops ended their statement with a prayer for "respect for the earth, peace for its people, love in our lives, delight in the good, forgiveness for past wrongs, and the grace to make a new start for ourselves and for our world." 



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