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POPE CALLS TO FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION FOR NEW MILLENNIUM

    VATICAN CITY, 13 (NE) "From pardon will flourish reconciliation", said Pope John Paul II yesterday, as he explained before the Sunday Angelus prayer the act of pardon that took place during the first Sunday of Lent in several places in the world. The Holy Father recalled during his brief addresses to pilgrims the ceremony held in St. Peter's Basilica, affirming that the Holy Year is a "time of purification." The Pope stressed as well that the Church's request for pardon "is not a judging over the subjective responsibility of those brothers that have preceded us", but aims to encourage Catholics to "enter the third millennium more open to God and his Plan of Love."

    "From pardon flourishes reconciliation. This is what we wish for all every ecclesial community, for every believer in Christ, and for all the world," the Pope further said, stating that "pardoned and ready to pardon, Christians will enter the third millennium as more credible witnesses of hope." "The Church presents to humanity as it crossed the threshold of the third millennium the Gospel of pardon and reconciliation, as foundations to build and authentic peace."

    During his address to pilgrims gathered at St. Peter's Square, the Pope also recalled that the spiritual exercises of the Roman Curia were beginning that same day. The Holy Father invited faithful to pray during those days, asking as well the Blessed Virgin's intercession, "Mother of Divine Mercy", so that she may help faithful to live the spirit of Lent.

          

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