FROM JERUSALEM TO ROME: THE JUBILEE OF UNIVERSITIES
VATICAN CITY, JUL 21, 2000 (VIS) - Organized by the Central Committee for the Great
Jubilee of the Year 2000, the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Pontifical Council for
Culture and the diocese of Rome, the Jubilee of Universities and the World Meeting of University
Professors will take place in Jerusalem, Saida, Lebanon and in Rome and other Italian cities from
September 3 through 10. Educators will meet on the theme "The University for a New Humanism."
According to the just-released program, this Jubilee celebration also includes the following related
events: World Meeting of Ministers of Education and of Universities; World Meeting of University
Rectors and Presidents; World Meeting of University Managers; World Forum of Students; World
Meeting of University Chaplains.
The program includes an introductory letter to university professors written by Archbishop Zenon
Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Cardinal Paul Poupard,
president of the Pontifical Council for Culture and Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general for the
diocese of Rome. They remind the professors that, in their world meeting, they "will consider and
investigate some of the important questions for human knowledge, which is itself one of the highest
forms of man's dignity and responsibility."
They also detailed the two-stage timetable for the Jubilee celebrations.
"From the 3rd to the 8th of September, there will be numerous international congresses in Italy, the
Holy Land and Lebanon, organized by professors of various universities, and subdivided according
to four areas of investigation: the human person, society, a vision of the sciences, memory and
creativity. This will be an opportunity to introduce into different cultural fields the contribution of the
scientific world, and to show how faith does not obstruct the progress of human research, but rather
enlightens and elevates it.
"From the 8th to the 10th of September, once this journey of investigation and sharing has been
concluded, the entire university community will gather in Rome. Here they will meet the Successor
of Peter, rediscovering the deep meaning of their vocation and mission, convinced that history is
guided by Christ, the Redeemer of mankind and Lord of the Universe. The high point of this event
will be the solemn Eucharistic celebration on Sunday, September 10, at which His Holiness Pope
John Paul II will preside."
Some of the highlights of the Jubilee of Universities include:
- Sunday, 3: Jerusalem: Opening concert.
- Monday, 4: Jerusalem, Saida, Rome and other Italian cities: Opening of the international
congresses which continue throughout the week. In Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University:
opening of an exhibition on Blessed Niels Stensen, organized by the University of Tromso in
Norway, an ecumenical prayer meeting, the presentation of a 1569 edition of the Vulgate Bible,
edited by Scriptorium Publisher and a concert.
- Tuesday, 5: Rome: At 6 p.m. at the Monumental Area of San Michele, opening of the exhibition
"Christian Loca, the Christian Space in the Rome of the First Millennium," and a prayer meeting in
the Oriental rite.
- Wednesday, 6: Assisi: An inter-religious prayer vigil at the basilica of St. Mary of the Angels.
Rome: concert of university choirs and other artistic-cultural events.
- Thursday, 7: Rome: In the afternoon the opening of the World meeting of University Managers,
and in the evening the meetings of religious movements.
- Friday, 8: Rome: In the morning, the World Meeting of University Chaplains; in the afternoon, the
World Forum of Students and the World Meeting of University Rectors; in the evening, a welcome
concert for the opening of the Jubilee days.
- Saturday, 9: The Vatican: 9 a.m. meeting with Pope John Paul II, a liturgy of the Word and the
presentation of the syntheses of the congresses. In the afternoon, penitential celebrations in eight
languages and at 6 p.m., the World Meeting of Ministers of Education and of Universities.
- Sunday, 10: Vatican: Mass presided over by Pope John Paul II.