|I would like to
bring each of you my cordial good wishes
On the stroke of midnight marking the beginning
of the Year 2000, the Holy Father spoke to the pilgrims rejoicing in St
Peter's Square and gave them his blessing for the new year and the new
millennium. Here is a translation of the Pope's remarks, which were made
The clock of history strikes an important hour: at
this moment the Year, 2000 begins, and we enter into a new millennium. For
believers this is the year of the Great Jubilee.
A Happy New Year to all of you, men and women of
every part of the world!
As we cross the threshold of the New Year, I would
like to knock at the door, of every home, to bring to each of you my
cordial good wishes: a Happy New Year to everyone in the light which,
shines out from Bethlehem upon the whole universe!
I wish you a year filled with peace: the peace
proclaimed by the Angels on that Holy Night; the peace of Christ, who, out
of love became a brother to every human being! I wish you a year filled
with serenity and happiness: may you always be, certain of God's love for
us. As he did 2,000 years ago, Christ comes today with his saving Gospel
to guide the uncertain and faltering steps of peoples and nations, leading
them towards a future of true hope.
I ask him to bless this moment of festivity and good
wishes, that it may be the promising beginning of a new millennium filled
with joy and peace. Let us enter the Year 2000 with our eyes fixed on the
mystery of the Incarnation.
Christ, yesterday, today and for ever.
To him belong time and the ages.
To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.
I thank you. Happy New Year to all. Praised be Jesus