DAILY CATHOLIC     MONDAY     January 18, 1999     vol. 10, no. 11

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          VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Beginning on February 22, 1999, the Vatican will make extensive information about the celebration of the Jubilee Year 2000 available on the Internet.

          When it is launched, the new site-- Jubil2000.org-- will provide information and announcements from the central committee coordinating the Jubilee celebration at the Vatican. It will also offer news about local events around the world, on the basis of reports obtained from apostolic nuncios and national committees.

          For now the site is available only on a restricted basis, for those who have obtained a password. But in February it will be made open to the public, and the various announcements will be available in 7 languages: Italian, French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish. Eventually the translations will also include Russian and Chinese.

          The new site is an answer to the Holy Father's request to the New Evangelization through mass media. In his encyclical Redemptoris Missio, Pope John Paul II affirmed: "Involvement in the mass media, however, is not meant merely to strengthen the preaching of the Gospel. There is a deeper reality involved here: since the very evangelization of modern culture depends to a great extent on the influence of the media, it is not enough to use the media simply to spread the Christian message and the Church's authentic teaching. It is also necessary to integrate that message into the `new culture' created by modern communications."

          At a January 15 press conference in Rome, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray-- the president of the Jubilee committee-- announced the construction of the new Internet site among the major accomplishments of the Jubilee effort. He also unveiled new publications designed to help pilgrims coming to Rome for the Jubilee; these publications will offer practical guides as well as calendars of events and suggestions for prayers.

          The Jubilee committee has also completed the composition of an official hymn for the Jubilee year, and a special votive Mass "pro jubileo" which will be offered for use by the world's priests during the holy year.

          The committee is establishing a welcome center for the millions of pilgrims who are expected to travel to Rome during 2000. The center will be a joint project of the Vatican and secular officials in Rome. And the committee has signed agreements with hotels, religious institutes, and bed-and-breakfast establishments, to guarantee that at least 60,000 beds will be available to visitors.

          In a related story out of Frankfort, Germany, DaimlerChrysler AG announced on Wednesday that it had received a major contract from a Rome-based transportation company to provide more than 1,000 buses in time for the Jubilee Year in 2000.

          DaimlerChrysler's German-based EvoBus GmbH Setra-Omnibusse unit said that it had agreed to provide the Templa consortium with the buses by 2000. The first buses would be delivered this July under the 500 million mark (US$2.98 million) contract. More than 25 million pilgrims are expected to visit the Eternal City during the Holy Year marking the start of the third Christian millennium.

          The Holy Year starts on Christmas Eve, 1999 and ends on January 6, 2001. The event is expected to possibly attract history's biggest pilgrimage to Rome. The Setra S 315 GT-HD and Mercedes-Benz O 404, also called Satellite coaches, are to be bought by Italian bus companies to transport visitors to Rome.

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January 18, 1999       volume 10, no. 11


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