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Pope urges New Year resolution to set aside anger

Pope John Paul II asked individuals and families to begin the New Year by setting aside feelings of anger and by giving thanks for the blessings they have received.

"Every year brings with it joys and sorrows, problems and new prospects," the pope told pilgrims in St. Peter's Square. "I ask everyone to conclude 2001 by giving thanks to God, leaving behind them every enmity in order to begin 2002 in the love and peace of Christ."

The Holy Father was speaking during his midday Angelus address on Sunday, the Feast of the Holy Family.

He said that although the Gospels do not provide many details about Jesus' growing up in Nazareth, there are enough hints to know that it was "an intimate community of life and love."