| ROMAN CURIA CELEBRATES JUBILEE WITH SUCCESSOR OF PETER
| Vatican City, 23 (NE) Yesterday, feast of the Chair of St. Peter, the Roman Curia celebrated with
Pope John Paul II its Jubilee on occasion of the 2000th anniversary of the Incarnation of the Lord
Jesus. The members of the Curia crossed the Holy Door of the St. Peter's Basilica and
participated in a solemn Eucharist presided over by the Holy Father in the morning.
During his homily, the Pontiff urged his collaborators in the Curia to reflect on what "Christ told to
Peter and about Peter" in the Gospel. The Holy Father recalled that the Church is founded "upon
Peter's profession of faith and the consequent declaration of Christ: 'You are Peter, and on this
rock I will build my Church'." He also noted that this is "the invincible founding, which the powers
of evil shall not defeat."
He also pointed out that the Chair of Peter is "not founded on human guarantees, -'flesh and
blood'- but on Christ, the cornerstone." The Pope then referred to the pastoral character of the
ministry of Peter and indicated that this is "the character that qualifies the service of the Roman
Curia, whose mission is to collaborate with the Successor of Peter in the development of the
commandment received from Christ to take care of his flock."
At the end, the Pope prayed to the Virgin Mary, asking for her intercession. "Help us", the Pope
prayed, to "live our mission at the service of the Gospel with faithfulness and joy, in expectance of
the glorious return of the Lord, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and always."