VATICAN (CWN) -- Pope John Paul II inaugurated the second phase of Rome's preparation for the Jubilee year by visiting a family in the city and giving them a copy of the Acts of the Apostles.

      The Pope has announced that during his pastoral visits to parishes in Rome this year, during the weeks of Lent, he will make special efforts to visit with families. And in line with that plan, during a Sunday visit to Sacred Heart parish not far from the Vatican, he visited the home of the Manago family, talking briefly with Giuseppe and Annunziata, their three teenage children, and Giuseppe's parents.

      "In meeting these people," the Holy Father explained during his homily at Sunday Mass in Sacred Heart church, "I am seeking in a way to grow closer to all the families of the parish, and to issue the same invitation that I want to issue to all the homes in the city: 'Open your door to Christ!'"

      In coming week, more than 13,000 "missionaries" commissioned by the Rome diocese will be visiting their neighbors, at the prompting of the Pope, to spread the message of the Gospel in preparation for the coming millennium.

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February 3, 1998 volume 9, no. 24          DAILY CATHOLIC

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