Pope's apostolic letter invites reflection on Holy Year
At noon on Saturday Pope John Paul II signed his apostolic letter, Novo Millennio Ineunte, closing the Jubilee year.
In four chapters, with 59 numbered paragraphs, the document invites local churches to reflect on the results of the Holy Year, and take "concrete initiatives" to capitalise on the spiritual gains.
"After the enthusiasm of the Jubilee," Christians should not expect a return to the routines of daily life, the Holy Father writes. "On the contrary, if our pilgrimage has been authentic, it has strengthened our legs for the road that lies ahead of us."
The full text of the Pope's apostolic letter, Novo Millennio Ineunte, is available on the Vatican website.