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EVENTS IN THE PONTIFICATE OF HIS HOLINESS 
POPE JOHN PAUL II

1978

October 16

Cardinal Karol Wojtyla is elected successor to Pope John Paul I, the 264th Pope of the Catholic Church and takes the name John Paul II.

October 17

First "Urbi et Orbi" radio message of John Paul II.

October 22

Solemn inauguration of his ministry as universal Pastor of the Church.

October 23

John Paul II's historic embrace of Cardinal WyszyDski.

October 25

First visit to Castelgandolfo: visit to the parish church and papal villa.

October 29

Visit to the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Mentorella, Rome.

November 5

Visit to Assisi to venerate the tomb of St. Francis, patron of Italy, and to the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva to venerate the tomb of St. Catherine, patroness of Italy.

November 12

As Bishop of Rome, John Paul II takes possession of St. John Lateran Basilica.

December 5

First visit to the parishes in the diocese of Rome: S. Francesco Saverio at Garbatella.

1979

January 24

John Paul II accepts the request made by Argentina and Chile for the Holy See’s mediation in solving the controversy between the two countries.

January 24

John Paul II receives in audience the Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko.

January 25

First Pastoral Visit of John Paul II outside Italy: Santo Domingo, Mexico (for the Third General Conference of the Latin American Bishops, Puebla), and the Bahamas (25 January-1 February 1979). Apostolic Trip/1

March 4

First Encyclical Letter Redemptor Hominis - Jesus Christ the Redeemer of Man, published 15 March 1979.

April 28

Archbishop Agostino Casaroli is appointed Pro-Secretary of State and Pro-prefect of the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church.

June 2

Pastoral Visit in Poland (2-10 June 1979). Apostolic Trip/2

June 2

Historic homily of John Paul II at Victory Square in Warsaw: "It is not possible to understand the history of the Polish nation without Christ".

June 30

Celebration of the first Consistory in his pontificate for the creation of 14 Cardinals, among whom were Cardinal Casaroli, Secretary of State. (One additional Cardinal was reserved "in pectore" - Chinese Ignatius Kung Pin-mei, whose appointment was published only in the Consistory of 28 June 1991).

September 29

Pastoral Visit in Ireland, the U.N. and the United States of America (29 September-8 Octocber 1979). Apostolic Trip/3

October 2

John Paul II addresses the General Assembly of the U.N. in New York.

October 16

Post-Synodal Pastoral Exhortation Catechesi Tradendae on the Catechesis in Our Time, published 25 October 1979.

November 5

First Plenary Assembly of the College of Cardinals on the themes: the structure of the Roman Curia; the Church and culture; the financial situation of the Holy See (5-9 November 1979).

November 28

Pastoral Visit in Turkey (28-30 November 1979). Apostolic Trip/4

1980

January 14

Opening of the Particular Synod of Bishops of the Netherlands on: "The pastoral action of the Church in Holland in the present situation" (14-31 January 1980).

April 4

Good Friday: John Paul II hears confessions of the faithful for the first time in St. Peter's Basilica.

May 2

Pastoral Visit in Zaire, the Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ghana, Upper Volta, the Ivory Coast (2-12 May 1980). Apostolic Trip/5

May 30

Pastoral Visit in France (30 May-2 June 1980). Apostolic Trip/6

June 2

John Paul II's address to UNESCO in Paris.

June 21

John Paul II receives in audience the President of the United States of America, Jimmy Carter.

June 30

Pastoral Visit in Brazil (30 June-12 July 1980). Apostolic Trip/7

August 20

For the first time John Paul II alludes to the events happening in Poland regarding Solidarnosc.

Sepember 26

Fifth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme: "The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World" (26 September-25 October 1980).

September 28

Pastoral visit to Subiaco and meeting with the European Bishops.

October 17

Official visit of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and of H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

November 15

Pastoral Visit in West Germany (15-19 November 1980). Apostolic Trip/8

November 25

Pastoral visit to Capodichino (Naples), Potenza, Balvano, Avellino, after the earthquake.

November 30

Encyclical Letter Dives in Misericordia-On the Mercy of God, published 2 December 1980.

December 19

Official visit of President of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Cviyetin Mijatovic.

December 30

Apostolic Letter Egregiae virtutis in which John Paul II proclaims Sts. Cyril and Methodius, together with St. Benedict, Patrons of Europe.

1981

January 15

John Paul II receives in audience a delegation headed by Lech Walesa of the Polish Independent Syndicate Solidarnosc.

February 8

John Paul II meets with Rome's Chief Rabbi ElioToaff during his pastoral visit to the parish of Sts. Carlo e Biagio in Catinari.

February 16

Pastoral Visit in Pakistan, the Philippines, Guam (USA), Japan, and Anchorage (USA) (16-27 February 1981). Apostolic Trip/9

May 13

At 5:19 p.m. a young turk Mehmet Alì Agca makes an attempt on the Pope's life while he was circling St. Peter's Square before his General Audience. Severly, wounded, the Pope was operated on for 6 hours at Gemelli hospital.

May 17

John Paul II recites the Angelus at Gemelli hospital: "Pray for the brother who shot me, whom I have sincerely forgiven".

May 31

John Paul II creates a Council of Cardinals to study the organizational and economic problems of the Holy See.

June 3

John Paul II returns to the Vatican after 22 days of recovery at Gemelli Hospital.

June 20

John Paul II is newly hospitalized for a cytomegalovirus infection. On 5 August he undergoes a second operation. He returns to the Vatican on the 14th of August and from there goes to Castelgandolfo on August 16th.

July 13

First meeting of the Council of Cardinals for the study of organizational and economic problems of the Holy See.

September 14

Encyclical Letter Laborem Exercens on Human Work.

November 22

Post-Synodal Pastoral Exhortation Familiaris Consortio on the Role of the Family in the Modern World, published on 15 December 1981.

November 25

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

December 12

John Paul II sends a delegation from the Pontifical Academy of Sciences to the Presidents of the USA, USSR, Great Britain, France, and the UN, to present thier scientific document on the consequences of an eventual use of nuclear arms in Europe and in the world.

December 13

John Paul II invites prayers for the Polish nation, calling the situation a state of emergency.

1982

January 6

Apostolic Letter Caritatis Christi for the church in China.

February 12

Pastoral Visit in Nigeria, Benin, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea (12-19 February 1982) Apostolic Trip/10

March 21

Holy Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the Chinese Church.

May 12

Pastoral Visit in Portugal one year after the assassination attempt on his life in St. Peter's Square (12-15 May 1982). Apostolic Trip/11

May 22

Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for justice and peace, for peace between Argentina and Great Britain (the Falkland Islands/Malvinas).

May 28

Pastoral Visit in Great Britain (28 May-2 June 1982). Apostolic Trip/12

May 29

Joint statement of John Paul II and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Robert Runcie, at the end of the ecumenical celebration in the Anglican Canterbury Cathedral.

June 7

John Paul II receives in audience the President of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan. They pledge to work for world peace and justice.

June 10

Pastoral Visit in Argentina, in relation to the war between Argentina and Great Britain regarding the Falkland Islands and Malvinas (10-13 June 1982). Apostolic Trip/13

June 15

Pastoral Visit in Geneva, Switzerland. Apostolic Trip/14

June 15

Speech by John Paul II at the 68th Session of the International Workers Conference in Geneva.

August 29

Pastoral Visit in the Republic of San Marino and Rimini. Apostolic Trip/15

September 15

John Paul II receives in audience Yasser Arafat.

September 15

Renewed appeal for peace in Lebanon after the murder of President-elect Bechir Gemayel.

October 10

Canonization of Fr. Maximilian Kolbe. Present at the canonization ceremony was Mr. Franciszek Gajownizek, the man for whom Fr. Maximilian offered his life in the concentration camp at Auschwitz.

October 19

Meeting with the President of Italy, Sandro Pertini at Castelporziano.

October 28

Official visit of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Prof. Karl Carstens.

October 31

Pastoral Visit in Spain for the closure of the 4th Centenary of the death of St. Teresa of Avila (31 October-9 November 1982).

November 9

Message to the peoples of Europe from the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

November 23

Second Plenary Session of the College of Cardinals on curial reforms, state of revisions of the Code of Canon Law, financial solvency of the Holy See, relations between the Institute of the Works of Religion (I.O.R.) and the "Banco Ambrosiano" (23-26 November 1982).

November 26

John Paul II announces the Holy Year of Redemption from Lent 1983 to Easter 1984.

1983

January 6

Papal Bull Aperite Portas Redemptori, announcing the Jubilee for the 1950th anniversary of the Redemption.

January 25

Apostolic Constitution Sacrae Disciplinae Leges of John Paul II for the promulgation of the new Code of Canon Law.

January 25

Promulgation of the new Code of Canon Law by John Paul II.

February 2

Second Consistory of John Paul II for the creation of 18 cardinals.

March 2

Pastoral Visit in Lisbon and Central America - Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and Haiti (2-10 March 1983). Apostolic Trip/17

March 25

Opening of the Holy Year of the Redemption (25 March 1983- 22 April 1984).

June 16

Pastoral Visit in Poland (16-23 June 1983). Apostolic Trip/18

August 14

Pastoral Visit in Lourdes (14-15 August 1983). Apostolic Trip/19

September 10

Pastoral Visit in Austria (10-13 September 1983). Apostolic Trip/20

September 29

Sixth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on: Penance and Reconciliation in the Mission of the Church (29 September-29 October 1983).

October 16

Act of entrustment and consecration of the world to Our Lady of Fatima by John Paul II, together with the cardinals and bishops participating in the Synod of Bishops.

November 5

Letter for the 500th anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther.

November 24

Publication of the Charter of Rights of the Family.

December 11

Meeting with the Evangelic- Lutheran community in Rome.

December 27

Visit to the Rebibbia prison and meeting with Alì Agca, the Turk who made an attempt on the life of John Paul II on 13 May 1981.

1984

January 10

Diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the United States of America.

February 11

Apostolic Letter Salvific Doloris on the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering.

February 18

Agreement between the Holy See and the Italian Republic on the revision of the Lateran Concordat: new Concordat signed.

February 22

Letter of the Holy Father for "The John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel", instituted for the fight against the drought and desertification in the Sahelian region.

March 25

In spiritual union with all the bishops of the world John Paul II repeats the act of entrustment of mankind and all peoples to Mary Most Holy, at Fatima on 13 May.

March 25

Apostolic Exhortation Redemptionis Donum to all men and women religious on their consecration in the light of the mystery of redemption, published 29 March 1984.

April 9

Additional appointments to the Roman Curia: broad renovation of responsibilities of dicasteries and commissions.

April 20

Apostolic Letter Redemptionis Anno on the City of Jerusalem, sacred patrimony of all believers and desired crossroad of peace for the peoples of the Middle East.

April 22

Closing of the Holy Year of Redemption 1983/84.

May 1

Apostolic Letter Les Grands Mystères on the problem of Lebanon.

May 2

Pastoral Visit in Korea, Papua-New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Thailand (2-12 May 1984). Apostolic Trip/21

May 21

Official visit of the President of Italy, Sandro Pertini.

June 2

Official visit of John Paul II to the President of Italy, Sandro Pertini (Quirinale, Rome).

June 12

Pastoral Visit in Switzerland (12-17 June 1984). Apostolic Trip/22

July 16

Visit of John Paul II to the massif of Adamello and meeting with President Pertini (16-17 July 1984).

September 3

Publication of the instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on certain aspects of theology of liberation.

September 9

Pastoral Visit in Canada (9-20 September 1984). Apostolic Trip/23

October 10

Pastoral Visit in Zaragoza, (Spain), Santo Domingo, (Dominican Republic) and San Juan, (Puerto Rico) (10-13 October 1984). Apostolic Trip/24

December 11

Publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Reconciliatio and Poenitentia on Reconciliation and Penance in the Mission of the Church Today.

1985

January 26

Pastoral Visit in Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad-Tobago (26 January-6 February 1985). Apostolic Trip/25

February 19

John Paul II receives in audience the Israeli Prime Minister, Simon Peres.

February 27

John Paul II receives in audience the Foreign Minister of the USSR, Andrei Gromyko.

March 26

Apostolic Letter Dilecti Amici to the Youth of the World on the occasion of the United Nation's International Youth Year.

March 30

First International Youth Meeting in Rome (30-31 March 1985).

April 11

Pastoral visit to Loreto and meeting with Italian Bishops.

May 11

Pastoral Visit in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium (11-21 May 1985). Apostolic Trip/26

May 25

Third Consistory of John Paul II for the creation of 28 new Cardinals.

June 2

Encyclical Epistle Slavorum Apostoli in commemoration of the 11th Centenary of the Evangelizing Works of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, published 2 July 1985.

July 7

Holy Mass in the Paoline Chapel of the Vatican for the Czechoslovakian community, in remembrance of Sts. Cyril and Methodius.

August 8

Pastoral Visit in Togo, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, the Republic of Central Africa, Zaire, Kenya, Morocco (8-19 August 1985). Apostolic Trip/27

September 8

Pastoral Visit in Kloten, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Apostolic Trip/28

October 4

Official visit of President of Italy, Francesco Cossiga.

November 17

Personal message of the Pope to Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbaciov for the Geneva summit.

November 21

Third Plenary Meeting of the College of Cardinals on the reform of the Roman Curia (21-23 November 1985).

November 25

Second Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on: "The Twentieth Anniversary of the Conclusion of the Second Vatican Council" (25 November-8 December 1985).

1986

January 18

Official visit of John Paul II to the Italian President, Francesco Cossiga.

January 31

Pastoral Visit in India (31 January-10 February 1986). Apostolic Trip/29

February 19

John Paul II receives in audience President of Lebanon, Amin Gemayel.

March 6

Official visit of the Governor General of Canada, Mme. Jeanne Sauvé.

March 13

John Paul II and the Dicastery heads of the Roman Curia meet with Bishops of the Brazilian Episcopal Conference at the end of their "ad limina visit" (13-15 March 1986).

April 5

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith publishes the Instruction Libertatis Conscientia on Christian freedom and liberation.

April 13

John Paul II makes a visit to Rome's main Synagogue.

May 18

Encyclical Letter Dominum et Vivificantem on the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World, published on 30 May.

July 1

Pastoral Visit in Colombia and Santa Lucia (1-8 July 1986). Apostolic Trip/30

October 4

Pastoral Visit in France (East-Central region, 4-7 October 1986). Apostolic Trip/31

October 27

John Paul II attends the First World Day of Prayer for Peace which he convoked in Assisi.

October 31

Official visit of the President of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya.

November 18

Pastoral Visit in Bangladesh, Singapore, Fiji Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Seychelles (18 November-1 December 1986). Apostolic Trip/32

1987

January 13

John Paul II receives in audience the President of the Council of the People's Republic of Poland, General Wojciech Jaruzelski.

February 22

Instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on respect for human life, published 2 March 1987.

March 25

Encyclical Letter Redemptoris Mater on the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Life of the Pilgrim Church.

March 31

Pastoral Visit in Uruguay, Chile, Argentina (31 March-13 April 1987). Apostolic Trip/33

April 30

Pastoral Visit in the Federal Republic of Germany (30 April-4 May 1987). Apostolic Trip/34

June 6

Official visit of the President of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan.

June 6

On the vigil of Pentecost: Solemn opening of the Marian Year (7 June-15 August 1987).

June 8

Pastoral Visit in Poland (8-14 June 1987). Apostolic Trip/35

June 25

Official visit of the President of the Federal Republic of Austria, Kurt Waldheim.

June 28

Celebration of the 7th Centenary of the evangelization of Lithuania.

July 8

First visit of John Paul II to the Dolomites (Lorenzago di Cadore) in northern Italy for a period of rest (8-14 July 1987).

September 10

Pastoral Visit in the USA and Canada (Fort Simpson) (10-21 September 1987). Apostolic Trip/36

October 1

Seventh Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on: "The Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World" (1-30 October 1987).

December 3

His Holiness Dimitrios, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, visits John Paul II (3-7 December 1987). Signing of joint declaration.

December 11

Official visit of the President of the Republic of Argentina, Raul Ricardo Alfonsin.

December 30

Encyclical Letter Sollicitudo Rei Socialis for the 20th Anniversary of Populorum Progressio, published 19 February 1988.

1988

January 25

Apostolic Letter Euntes in Mundum for the millennium of the Baptism of Kievan Rus', published 22 March 1988.

February 14

Message to the Ukrainian Catholics, Magnum Baptismi Donum for the millennium of the Baptism of Kievan Rus'.

March 3

For the first time, the financial report of the Holy See (for the year 1986) is published.

May 7

Pastoral Visit in Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and Lima (7-19 May 1988). Apostolic Trip/37

May 21

Inauguration of the "Dono di Maria" shelter in the Vatican, entrusted to Mother Teresa's Missionary Sisters of Charity.

June 13

Holy See delegation to Moscow led by Secretary of State Cardinal Casaroli for the celebrations of the Millennium of Kievan Rus'.

June 18

Official visit of the President of the Philippines, Corazon C. Aquino.

June 23

Pastoral Visit in Austria (23-27 June 1988). Apostolic Trip/38

June 28

Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus on the Roman Curia.

June 28

Fourth Consistory of John Paul II for the creation of 24 new Cardinals.

July 2

Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei, establishing a commission for the purpose of facilitating full ecclesial communion of priests, seminarians, religious communities or individuals until now linked to the Fraternity founded by Mons. Lefebvre, who may wish to remain united to the Successor of Peter in the Catholic Church.

July 10

Solemn liturgy in the Byzantine-Ukrainian Rite in St. Peter's Basilica for the Millennium of the Baptism of Kievan Rus'.

August 15

Solemn closing of the Marian Year in St. Peter's Basilica.

August 15

Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem on the Dignity and Vocation of Women on the Occasion of the Marian Year, published 30 September 1988.

September 10

Pastoral Visit in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland (10-20 September 1988). Apostolic Trip/39

October 8

Pastoral Visit to the European Institutions of Strasbourg and to the dioceses of Strasbourg, Metz and Nancy (France) (8-11 October 1988). Apostolic Trip/40

November 19

Official Visit of the President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, Ciriaco De Mita.

December 30

Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles laici on theVocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World, published 30 January 1989.

1989

January 1

Motu Proprio instituting the Labor Office of the Apostolic See, published 25 January 1989.

March 8

Meeting of John Paul II and members of the Curia with the metropolitan archbishops of the United States of America on the theme: "Evangelization in the context of the culture and society of the United States with particular emphasis on the role of the bishop as teacher of the faith" (8-11 March 1989).

March 10

Reorganization of the pastoral government of the dioceses in Lithuania.

April 20

Official visit of the President of Ireland, Patrick J. Hillery.

April 28

Pastoral Visit in Madagascar, La Réunion, Zambia and Malawi (28 April-6 May 1989). Apostolic Trip/41

May 27

John Paul II receives in audience the President of the United States of America, George Bush.

June 1

Pastoral Visit in Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Sweden (1-10 June 1989). Apostolic Trip/42

July 17

Restoration of diplomatic relations between Poland and the Holy See.

August 15

Apostolic Exhortation Redemptoris Custos on the Person and Mission of St. Joseph in the Life of Christians and of the Church.

August 15

Angelus message in which the Pope reveals his wish to go personally to Lebanon as soon as possible.

August 19

Pastoral Visit in Santiago de Compostela for the 4th World Youth Day and Asturias, Spain (19-21 August 1989). Apostolic Trip/43

August 27

Apostolic Letter on the Occasion of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War.

September 7

Appeal to the followers of Islam in favor of Lebanon.

September 7

Apostolic Letter to all Bishops of the Catholic Church on the situation in Lebanon. World Day of Prayer for Peace in Lebanon.

September 29

Official visit of Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of the Anglican Communion, Dr. Robert Runcie (29 September-2 October 1989).

October 2

Joint statement of John Paul II and Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Robert Runcie.

October 6

Pastoral Visit in Seoul (Korea), Indonesia and Mauritius (6-10 October). Apostolic Trip/44

November 13

Meeting of the diocesan bishops of the Federal Republic of Germany with the Holy Father on the theme: "Handing the faith to the next generation and the pastoral work of catechesis" (13-14 November 1989).

December 1

Official visit of the President of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbaciov.

December 21

New appointment of bishops in Czechoslovakia.

1990

January 25

Pastoral Visit in Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Chad (25 January-1 February 1990). Apostolic Trip/45

March 15

Exchange of official representatives at the level of the apostolic nuncio and special ambassador between the Holy See and the Soviet government.

April 21

Pastoral Visit in Czechoslovakia (21-22 April 1990). Apostolic Trip/46

April 22

In Velehrad, John Paul II announces a Special Assembly for Europe of the Synod of Bishops.

April 27

Official visit of the President of Portugal, Mario Soares.

May 6

Pastoral Visit in Mexico and Curaçao (6-14 May 1990). Apostolic Trip/46

May 25

Pastoral Visit in Malta (25-27 May 1990). Apostolic Trip/48

August 26

During his Angelus message John Paul II makes an appeal for peace in the Persian Gulf, following the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.

September 1

Pastoral Visit in Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Ivory Coast (1-10 September 1990). Apostolic Trip/49

September 30

Eighth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme: "The Formation of Priests in Circumstances of the Present Day" (30 September-28 October 1990).

October 18

Promulgation of the Code of Canons for the Eastern Churches.

November 24

Ad limina visit of Vietnamese bishops: for the first time all bishops are present.

December 1

John Paul II accepts the resignation of the Cardinal Secretary of State Agostino Casaroli and appoints Archbishop Angelo Sodano Pro-Secretary of State.

December 7

Encyclical Letter Redemptoris missio on the Permanent Validity of the Church’s Missionary Mandate, published 22 January 1991.

December 25

Papal appeal for peace in the Gulf, message taken from the Holy Father’s Christmas "Urbi et Orbi".

1991

January 15

Letters to the President of the United States, George Bush and to the President of Iraq, Sadam Hussein in an attempt to avert the Gulf War.

February 5

Official visit of President of the Polish Republic, Lech Walesa.

March 4

Bishops representing the countries directly implicated in the Gulf War meet in the Vatican (4-5 March 1991).

March 8

Second session of the Brazilian Episcopate and representatives of the Roman Curia (8-9 March 1991).

April 4

Fourth Plenary Meeting of the College of Cardinals on the theme: "The Church facing the threat against human life and the challenge of the sects" (4-7 April 1991).

April 8

Meeting of the presidents of the Episcopal Conferences concerning the economic problems of the Holy See and the financial contribution of the bishops, according to the Code of Canon Law, Canon 1271. (8-9 April 1991)

April 13

Reorganization of the Latin-Rite Catholic Church in the Soviet Republic of Belarus, Russia and Kazakistan.

April 22

Official visit of the President of the Republic of Chile, Patricio Aylwuin Azocar.

April 29

Meeting of Swiss Bishops with the Holy Father and the Roman Curia (29-30 April 1991).

May 1

Enyclical Letter Centesimus Annus on the Hundreth Year of Rerum Novarum.

May 3

Official visit of the King Karl Gustaf XVI of Sweden, and Queen Silvia.

May 10

Pastoral Visit in Portugal (10-13 May 1991). Apostolic Trip/50

June 1

Pastoral Visit in Poland (1-9 June 1991). Apostolic Trip/51

June 28

Fifth Consistory of John Paul II for the creation of 22 new Cardinals and the announcement of the 1979 appointment "in pectore" of Cardinal Ignatius Kung Pin-Mei.

August 13

Pastoral Visit in Hungary and Poland (Czestochowa) for the 6th World Youth Day (13-20 August 1991). Apostolic Trip/52

September 7

Holy See and Albania establish diplomatic ties.

October 5

Ecumenical prayer service at St. Peter's Basilica, on the occasion of the 6th Centenary of the canonization of St. Brigit of Sweden. For the first time since the Reformation two Lutheran bishops prayed in St. Peter's Basilica with the Pope, together with the Catholic bishops of Stockholm and Helsinki.

October 12

Pastoral Visit in Brazil (12-21 October 1991). Apostolic Trip/53

November 28

Special Assembly for Europe of the Synod of Bishops on the theme: "So that we might be witnesses of Christ who has set us free" (28 November-14 December 1991).

December 7

Ecumenical prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica on the occasion of the Special Assembly for Europe of the Synod of Bishops.

1992

January 1

Holy See recognizes the Russian Federation.

January 13

Holy See recognizes Croatia and Slovenia.

February 8

Holy See establishes diplomatic relations with Croatia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.

February 13

Papal chirograph for the Autonoma Foundation "Popolorum Progressio" for use in Latin America on the occasion of the 5th centenary of the evangelization of Latin America.

February 19

Pastoral Visit in Senegal, Gambia and Guinea (19-26 February 1992). Apostolic Trip/54

April 7

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Pastores Dabo Vobis on the Formation of Priests in the Circumstances of the Present Day.

May 17

Beatification of José Maria Escrivá de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei, and of Giuseppina Bakhita of Sudan.

June 4

Pastoral Visit in Angola, Sao Tomé and Principe (4-10 June 1992). Apostolic Trip/55

July 12

At the Angelus John Paul II announces to the faithful that he will go to Gemelli Polyclinic Hospital that evening for diagnostic tests. On July 15, the Holy Father undergoes surgery to remove a benign intestinal tumor. John Paul II is released from Gemelli Polyclinic on 26 July.

August 22

Dramatic appeal for peace in the Balkans at the Angelus message.

September 21

Diplomatic relations between Holy See and Mexico.

October 9

Pastoral Visit in Santo Domingo for the 5th centenary of the evangelization of Latin America and for the Fourth General Conference of the Latin American Episcopate (9-14 October 1992). Apostolic Trip/56

October 11

Apostolic Constitution Fidei Depositum on the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church prepared following the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council.

October 31

John Paul II receives in audience the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences. The Academy presents to the Holy Father the conclusions reached by the "Commission for the Study of the ptolemaic-copernican Controversy, which was instituted by John Paul II on 3 June 1981 to "provide to the world of science and culture the long-awaited response in merit to the case of Galileo Galilei".

November 27

Official visit of the President of Italy, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro.

December 25

Bishops of Albania appointed.

1993

January 9

At Assisi, special prayer meeting for peace in Europe, particularly in the Balkans (9-10 January 1993).

January 21

Official visit of Giuliano Amato, President of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Italy.

February 3

Pastoral Visit in Benin, Uganda and Khartoum (3-10 February 1993). Apostolic Trip/57

February 19

Official visit of the President of Slovenia, Milan Kacan.

April 25

Pastoral Visit in Albania (25 April 1993). Apostolic Trip/58

May 29

Closing of the second diocesan synod of Rome.

June 12

Pastoral Visit in Spain (12-17 June 1993). Apostolic Trip/59

August 6

Encyclical Letter Veritatis Splendor regarding certain fundamental questions on the Church’s moral teaching, published 5 October 1993.

August 9

Pastoral Visit in Jamaica, Merida and Denver for the celebration of the 8th World Youth Day. (9-16 August 1993). Apostolic Trip/60

September 4

Pastoral Visit in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia (4-10 September 1993). Apostolic Trip/61

November 11

Pope dislocates his right shoulder during a fall at the end of an audience in the Hall of Benediction. He spent one day at Gemelli Hospital; his shoulder is immobilized for one month.

December 16

Official visit of the President of Argentina, Carlos Saul Menem.

December 26

Opening of the Year of the Family.

December 30

At Jerusalem, signing of an agreement on some basic principles regulating diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel.

1994

January 1

Motu Proprio Socialium Scientiarum instituting the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

January 6

Letter to the Italian Bishops on the responsibilities of Catholics facing the challenge of the present historic situation.

January 23

Mass presided by John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica for peace in the Balkans.

February 2

Letter of John Paul II to Families, for the International Year of the Family.

February 11

Motu Proprio Vitae Mysterium instituting the Pontifical Academy for Life.

March 3

Official visit of President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Richard von Weizsäcker.

March 3

Diplomatic relations with Jordan.

March 5

Diplomatic relations with South Africa.

March 7

Official visit of President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel.

March 17

John Paul II receives in audience Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin.

March 19

Letter to heads of states around the world and to the Secretary General of the United Nations on the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, held in September 1994.

April 7

Concert held in the Vatican for the commemoration of the Shoah, in the presence of John Paul II and Chief Rabbi of Rome, Elio Toaff.

April 8

John Paul II celebrates Mass in the Sistine Chapel for the unveiling of the restored frescoes of Michelangelo.

April 10

Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops on the theme: "The Church in Africa and Her Evangelizing Mission Towards the Year 2000: 'You Shall Be My Witnesses'" (10 April-8 May 1994).

April 29

Following an accidental fall on the evening of 28 April, which caused a fracture of the right femur, the Holy Father is recovered at the Gemelli Polyclinic Hospital and undergoes an operation. Released from hospital on 27 May.

May 13

Opening of the cloistered monastery "Mater Ecclesiae" within the Vatican walls.

May 22

Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis to the Bishops on Reserving Priestly Ordination to Men Alone.

June 2

John Paul II receives in audience the President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton.

June 13

Fifth plenary meeting of the College of Cardinals, with John Paul II participating, in preparation for the Jubilee of the Third Millennium (13-14 June 1994).

June 15

Diplomatic relations at the level of apostolic nunciature and embassy between the Holy See and Israel.

September 5

Holy See sends its delegation to the International Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo (5-13 September 1994).

September 8

John Paul II offers Mass at Castelgandolfo for Bosnia-Herzegovina, after cancelling his planned visit to Sarajevo.

September 10

Pastoral Visit in Zagreb, Croatia (10-11 September 1994). Apostolic Trip/62

October 2

Ninth General Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: "The Consecrated Life and Its Role in the Church and in the World" (2-29 October 1994).

October 8

World Meeting of Families with the Holy Father honoring the International Year of the Family (8-9 October 1994).

October 20

Publication of the book "Crossing the Threshold of Hope".

October 25

The start of "working contacts of a permanent and official character" between the Holy See and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

November 10

Apostolic Letter Tertio Millennio Adveniente to Bishops, Clergy and Lay Faithful in the preparation for the Jubilee of theYear 2000, published 14 November 1994.

November 26

Sixth Consistory of John Paul II for the creation of 30 new cardinals.

December 13

Letter to Children in the Year of the Family.

1995

January 11

Pastoral Visit in Manila for the celebration of the 10th World Youth Day. Then to Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), Sydney (Australia), and Colombo (Sri Lanka) for three beatifications (11-21 January 1995). Apostolic Trip/63

January 14

Broadcast over Radio Veritas at Manila, John Paul II reads a message to Chinese Catholics.

February 4

Official visit of the President of the Republic of Malta, Ugo Mifsud Bonnici.

March 6

The Holy See sends its delegation to the UN World Summit of Social Development in Copenhagen, Denmark (6-12 March 1995).

March 25

Encyclical Letter Evangelium Vitae on the Value and Inviolability of Human Life, published 30 March.

May 2

Apostolic Letter Orientale Lumen for the centenary of Orientalium Dignitas of Pope Leo XIII.

May 8

Papal message on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

May 20

Pastoral Visit in the Czech Republic and the canonization of Bl. Jan Sarkander and Bl. Zdislava di Lemberk (20-22 May 1995). Apostolic Trip/64

May 25

Encyclical Letter Ut Unim Sint on Commitment to Ecumenism, published 30 May 1995.

June 3

Pastoral Visit in Belgium for the beatification of Fr. Damiaan de Veuster (3-4 June 1995). Apostolic Trip/65

June 11

Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to commemorate the end of World War II in Europe.

June 27

Visit of Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartolomeo I (27-30 June 1995). Joint declaration signed on 29 June 1995.

June 29

Letter to Women, published 10 July 1995.

June 30

Pastoral Visit in Slovakia and canonization of three martyrs from Kosice (1916) - Marco da Krizevci, Stefano Pongracz and Melchiovre Grodziecki (30 June-3 July 1995). Apostolic Trip/66

September 4

Dr. Mary Ann Glendon, appointed by John Paul II as the first woman to head a Holy See delegation, addresses the 4th UN Conference on Women in Beijing (4-15 September 1995).

September 9

Visit to Loreto, on the occasion of the European Youth Pilgrimage, and is broadcasted live in Sarajevo. (9-10 September 1995)

September 14

Pastoral Visit in Yaoundé (Cameroon), Johannesburg/Pretoria (S. Africa) and Nairobi (Kenya) for the closing of the Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops (14-20 September 1995). Apostolic Trip/67

September 14

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Africa on the Church in Africa and its Evangelizing Mission towards the Year 2000, signed by the Pope in the Apostolic Nunciature of Yaoundé, the first time a document is signed outside the Vatican.

October 4

Pastoral Visit in New York, Newark, Brooklyn and Baltimore (USA), (4-9 October 1995). Apostolic Trip/68

October 5

Holy Father addresses the UN General Assembly, commemorates UN's 50th anniversary.

October 17

The Holy Father receives the Bishops of Bosnia-Erzogovina, Croatia, Jugoslavia, Macedonia and Serbia.

November 8

Commemoration ceremony of the 30th anniversary of the Costituzione Conciliare Gaudium et Spes.

November 16

Apostolic Letter of John Paul II for the Fourth Centenary of the Union of Brest.

November 23

One-day visit to Palermo for the 3rd Ecclesial Convention of the Italian Church.

November 26

Special Assembly for Lebanon of the Synod of Bishops (26 November-14 December 1995).

December 8

During celebrations for the Immaculate Conception, the Pope entrusts Rome with a special mission for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.

December 25

"Urbi et Orbi" Christmas message and blessing on Internet.

1996

January 20

State visit of the President of France, Jacques Chirac.

February 1

Official visit of the President of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León.

February 5

Pastoral Visit in Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Venezuela (5-12 February 1996). Apostolic Trip/69

February 22

Apostolic Constitution of John Paul II Universi Dominici Gregis on the Vacancy of the Apostolic See and the Election of the Roman Pontiff.

March 25

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Vita Consecrata on the Consecrated Life and Its Mission in the Church and in the World.

April 5

Way of the Cross at the Colosseum: meditations prepared by Cardinal Vinko Pulijc, Archbishop of Vrhbosna, Sarajevo.

April 14

Pastoral Visit in Tunisia (14 April 1996). Apostolic Trip/70

April 18

Apostolic Letter commemorating the 350 years of the Union of Uzhorod.

May 17

Pastoral Visit in Slovenia (17-19 May 1996). Apostolic Trip/71

May 25

Official visit of the President of Uruguay, Julio Maria Sanguinetti.

June 3

The Holy See sends its delegation to Habitat II, the second UN Conference on Human Settlements: Istanbul (3-14 June 1996).

June 21

Pastoral Visit in Germany (21-23 June 1996). Historic speech at the gate of Brandeburg, and the announcement of the new Synod for Europe. Apostolic Trip/76

July 4

Official visit of the Italian President of the Council of Ministers, Romano Prodi.

July 7

The celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine-Ukraine rite at the Vatican Basilica, on the occasion of the 400th Anniversary of the Union of Brest.

September 6

Pastoral Visit in Hungary (6-7 September 1996). Apostolic Trip/73

September 19

Pastoral Visit in France (19-22 September 1996). Apostolic Trip/74

October 6

In the evening, the Holy Father is recovered at the Gemelli Polyclinic Hospitial to undergo the scheduled surgical procedure of an appendectomy. The extemporaneous histological examination showed a transmural appendicitis with evidence of fibrosis established from preceding inflammatory episodes. The morphological finding is indicative of recidivist appendicitis. Operated on 8 October in the morning. Released from hospital 15 October.

November 1

The Holy Father celebrates with the diocese of Rome the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination . (Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica) 

November 10

Solemn Eucharistic Concelebration in St. Peter’s Basilica, John Paul II celebrates mass with the Cardinals, Bishops and priests consecrated in the year 1946.

November 13

The Holy Father addresses the opening of the UN World Food Summit organized by FAO (UN Food and Agricultural Organization) in Rome.

November 15

Presentation of the Holy Father’s book entitled "Gift and Mystery - on the Fiftieth Anniversary of My Priestly Ordination".

November 19

John Paul II receives in audience Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba.

November 30

John Paul II presides over the first vespers celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica on the solemn occasion of the beginning of the three year preparation for the Great Jubilee Year of 2000 - Announcement of the "Holy Door" opening for 24 December 1999.

December 3

Visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of the Anglican Communion, His Grace Dr. George Leonard Carey to the Holy Father and the Church of Rome. Signing of the joint Declaration (3-6 December 1996).

December 10

John Paul II receives the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenian’s, His Holiness Karekin I.  Signing of the joint Declaration (10-14 December 1996).

December 19

John Paul II receives in audience the President of PLO and the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat.

1997

January 23

Visit by His Holiness Aram I Keshishian, Catholicos of Cilicia of the Armenians, to the Holy Father and the Churches of Rome. Signing of joint Declaration (23-26 January 1997).

February 3

John Paul II receives in audience Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.

February 14

Official visit of the President of Brazil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

March 10

Holy See and Libya establish diplomatic relations.

March 24

Opening presentation of the Holy See Internet Site.

April 7

John Paul II receives in audience the President of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski.

April 12

Pastoral Visit in Sarajevo (12-13 April 1997). Apostolic Trip/75

April 25

Pastoral Visit in the Czech Republic on the occasion of the 1,000th anniversary of the death of St. Adalbert (25-27 April 1997). Apostolic Trip/76

May 4

Beatification of five servants of God in St. Peter’s Square including the first Gypsy Ceferino Giménez Malla killed during the Spanish Civil War of 1936.

May 10

Pastoral Visit in Beirut (Lebanon) for the concluding phase of the Special Assembly for Lebanon of the Synod of Bishops (10-11 May 1997). Apostolic Trip/77

May 10

John Paul II signs the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "A New Hope for Lebanon", at the end of a meeting with young people in Our Lady of Lebanon Basilica in Harissa.

May 16

John Paul II receives in audience the President of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze.

May 31

Pastoral Visit in Poland and canonization of Bl. Hedwig, Queen of Poland (31 May -10 June 1997). Apostolic Trip/78

June 16

Letters written by John Paul II to Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel and to Yassar Arafat, President of the Palestinian Authority, for the Middle East peace process.

June 24

Letter on Religious Freedom to the President of the Russian Federation, Boris N. Yeltsin.

June 29

Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith document entitled "Regulations for Doctrinal Examination".

August 15

Apostolic Letter Laetamur Magnopere, approval and promulgation of the Latin official version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

August 21

Pastoral Visit in Paris (France) for the celebration of the XII World Youth Day (21-24 August 1997). Apostolic Trip/79

September 27

Pastoral Visit to Bologna for the closing of the 23rd National Eucharistic Congress (27-28 September 1997).

October 2

Pastoral Visit in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) for the 2nd World Meeting of the Family (2-6 October 1997). Apostolic Trip/80

October 19

Apostolic Letter Divini Amoris Scientia - St. Theresa of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face is proclaimed a Doctor of the Universal Church.

October 19

In St. Peter’s Square a solemn proclamation of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, Doctor of the Church - 33rd Doctor of the Church and 3rd women after St. Theresa of Avila and St. Catherine of Siena.

November 16

Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops (16 November-12 December 1997). Theme of the Synod: Encounter with the Living Jesus Christ, the way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity in America.

November 30

Holy Mass to inaugurate the 2nd year of preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 dedicated to reflection on the Holy Spirit.

1998

January 1

Apostolic Constitution Ecclesia in Urbe on the new regulations of the Vicariate of Rome.

January 3

Pastoral Visit to the people afflicted by the earthquake in the Italian regions of Umbria and the Marches. The Pope visits the towns of Annifo, Cesi and Assisi.

January 15

Visit to the Mayor of Rome, Francesco Rutelli and the town council in Capitoline Hill.

January 21

Pastoral Visit in Cuba (21-26 January 1998). Apostolic Trip/81

January 22

Meeting with the President of Cuba, Fidel Castro Ruz, at the Palacio de la Revolución.

February 1

Pastoral Visit to the home of a Roman family in the Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Prati, inaugurating Rome’s City Mission and the distribution of the Acts of the Apostles.

February 21

John Paul II holds the Seventh Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of 20 new Cardinals (plus two "In pectore").

March 7

John Paul II receives in audience Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State of the United States of America.

March 12

Letter to the President of the Holy See Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews in reference to the publication of the document entitled We Remember: A Reflection on the ‘Shoah’.

March 15

Beatification of Bishop Eugenio Bossilkov, first martyr against communist persecution raised to the honour of the altars.

March 21

Pastoral Visit to Nigeria for the Beatification of Fr. Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi (21-23 March 1998). Apostolic Trip/82

March 25

Exchange of Ratification document of the Concordat between the Holy See and Poland.

April 19

Special Assembly for Asia of the Synod of Bishops opens with the theme: Jesus Christ the Saviour and his Mission of Love and Service in Asia: ... ‘that they may have life and have it abundantly’ (19 April-14 May 1998). During the solemn opening of the Synod, the Pope announces his invitation to two Bishops from mainland China to attend (permission to leave China was denied).

May 15

John Paul II receives in audience their Majesties King Alberto II and Queen Paola of Belgium.

May 18

Motu Proprio Ad Tuendam Fidem (To Defend the Faith) by which certain norms are inserted into the Code of Canon Law and Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches regarding the formulation of the profession of faith, published 30 June 1998.

May 21

Motu Proprio Apostolos Suos, on the Theological and Juridical Nature of the Episcopal Conferences, published 23 July 1998.

May 23

Pastoral Visit to Vercelli and Turin (23-24 May 1998): Veneration of the Holy Shroud.

May 30

Meeting in St. Peter’s Square with the "Ecclesial Movements and New Communities".

May 31

Apostolic Letter Dies Domini of the Holy Father John Paul II to the Bishops, Clergy and Faithful of the Catholic Church on Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy, published 7 July 1998.

June 9

Meeting with Cuban Bishops to examine future prospects following the Visit to Cuba.

June 12

John Paul II receives in audience the President of the National Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat.

June 18

John Paul II receives in audience the President of the Republic of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

June 19

Pastoral Visit in Austria for the Beatification of Fr. Jakob Kern, Sr. Restituta Kafka and Fr. Anton Maria Schwartz (19-21 June 1998). Apostolic Trip/83

September 14

Encyclical Letter Fides et Ratio of the Supreme Pontiff to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Relationship Between Faith and Reason, published 15 October 1998.

October 2

Pastoral Visit in Croatia and Beatification of Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, martyr (2-4 October 1998). Apostolic Trip/84

October 11

Canonization of Bl. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Edith Stein, martyr.

October 18

John Paul II celebrates his 20th Anniversary of Pontificate and 40th Anniversary of Episcopal Ministry. (St. Peter’s Square).

October 20

Official visit of the President of the Republic of Italy, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro (Rome, the Quirinale Palace).

November 17

Meeting of the Bishops of Australia with the heads of the various dicasteries of the Roman Curia in connection with the Ad limina Visit and the Synod for Oceania (17-20 November 1998).

November 22

Special Assembly for Oceania of the Synod of Bishops, entitled "Jesus Christ and the Peoples of Oceania: Walking His Way, Telling His Truth, Living His Life" (22 November-12 December 1998).

November 29

Holy Mass for the inauguration of the 3rd year of preparation for the Jubilee and presentation of Incarnationis mysterium Bull of Indiction for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000.

1999

January 8

John Paul II receives in audience the Prime Minister of Italy, Massimo D’Alema.

January 22

Pastoral Visit in Mexico City and St. Louis, USA for the Closing of the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops (22-28 January 1999). Apostolic Trip/85

January 22

Signing of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America, in Mexico City.

February 11

First "ad liminaVisit" of the Bishops of Laos and Cambodia.

March 11

John Paul II receives in audience the President of Iran, Seyyed Mohammad Khatami.

April 1

War in Kosovo: Archbishop Tauran, Secretary for Relations with States, in a Special Mission to Belgrade, brings the Holy Father’s personal message to the President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Milosevic. On 18 April, the Holy father also sends a message to the Patriarch of Moscow, His Holiness Alesky II, in departure for Belgrade.

April 4

John Paul II renews his appeal for peace in Kosovo in his Easter Message "Urbi et Orbi".

April 4

Letter of His Holiness John Paul II to Artists, published 23 April 1999.

April 26

John Paul II receives in audience the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Ariel Sharon.

May 2

Beatification of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina in St. Peter’s Square. At the end of the ceremony, the Pope went to the Square of St. John in Lateran by helicopter to recite the Regina Caeli with those faithful who, due to such a crowd, were unable to enter into St. Peter’s Square.

May 7

Pastoral Visit in Romania (7-9 May 1999). Apostolic Trip/86

May 8

In Bucharest, Romania, the Holy Father met with His Beatitude Teoctist, patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, and with the Holy Synod. At the end of the meeting, the Pope and Patriarch Teoctist sign a joint declaration for peace in Kosovo

May 10

John Paul II receives in audience Prof. Ibrahim Rugova.

May 12

The document "The Gift of Authority", produced by the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, ARCIC.

June 3

Solemnity of Corpus Christi and Day of Prayer for Peace in the Balkans

June 5

Pastoral Visit in Poland (5-17 June 1999). Apostolic Trip/87

June 29

Letter of John Paul II concerning Pilgrimage to the Places Linked with the History of Salvation.

June 29

Message to H.H. Karekin I, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all the Armenians, severely ill. The Patriarch died that same afternoon. The visit of John Paul II in Armenia, scheduled for 2-4 July, was postponed.

September 9

John Paul II sends a Message to the Bishops of East Timor in which he expresses his closeness to those experiencing the horror of the civil war.

September 19

Pastoral visit in Slovenia for the Beatification of Anton Martin Slomšek in Maribor (19 September 1999). Apostolic Trip/88

September 30

Inauguration following the restauration of the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica.

October 1

Second Special Assembly for Europe of the Sinod of Bishops, on the theme: "Iesus Christus vivens in Ecclesia sua, fons spei pro Europa" (1-23 October 1999).

October 1

Apostolic Letter Issued Motu Proprio Spes aedificandi Proclaiming Saint Bridget of Sweden, Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Co-Patronesses of Europe.

October 1

Letter to the Elderly, on the occasion of the International Year of the Elderly, promoted by the United Nations, published 26 October 1999.

October 19

Offical visit of the President of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Campi.

October 28

In St. Peter’s Square, the closing of the Inter-religious assembly "On the threshold of the III millennium: collaboration among the different religions"

October 31

Prior to praying the angelus, the Pope expresses his thanks for the signing today in Augsburg, Germany, by the Catholic Church and the World Lutheran Federation of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.

November 5

Pastoral Visit in New Delhi (India) - for the Conclusion of the Special Assembly for Asia of the Synod of Bishops - and in Georgia (5-9 November 1999). Pastoral Visit/89

November 6

Signing - in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi - of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Ecclesia in Asia".

November 14

Inauguration of the recently finished mosaic work and restoration of Redemptoris Mater Chapel, which is located inside the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

December 24

The start of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000: Opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica.

December 25

Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of St. John Lateran

December 31

World-wide television coverage of the Holy Father’s message and ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing for the passage into the Year 2000.

2000

January 1

Opening of the Holy Door of St. Mary Major Basilica.

January 2

Children’s Jubilee. At the close of the event, the Pope was awarded the John XXIII International Peace Prize to the non-governmental organization 'ATD - Aide a toute detresse- Quart Monde.'

January 18

Opening of the Holy Door of the patriarchal basilica of St. Paul’s Outside-the Walls and ecumenical celebration with the representatives of various Churches and ecclesial communities on the occasion of the beginning of the Week of Prayer for ChristianUnity.

February 7

Inauguration of the new entrance of the Vatican Museums.

February 15

John Paul II received in audience Yasser Arafat, president of the Palestinian Authority, and a Palestinian delegation, on the occasion of the signing of a Basic Agreement between the Holy See and the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

February 22

In the Paul VI Hall, Commemoration of Abraham "Our Father in the Faith", as the first gesture of his jubilee pilgrimage to the places linked with the history of salvation..

February 24

Jubilee Pilgrimage to Mount Sinai [Egypt] (24-26 February 2000). Apostolic Trip/90

March 4

Visit of State of the President of Korea, Kim Dae-jung, the first Korean head of state ever to be received by John Paul II and the first Catholic Korean president to visit the Vatican. Diplomatic relations were established between the Holy See and the Republic of Korea in 1963.

March 12

The Day of Pardon of the Holy Year 2000 celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica - cf. Document "Memory and Reconciliation: The Church and the Faults of the Past", prepared by the International Theological Commission. (7 March 2000).

March 20

Jubilee Pilgrimage to the Holy Land [Jordan, Autonomous Territories of the Palestinian National Authorities, Israel, Jerusalem] (20-26 March 2000). Apostolic Trip/91

April 30

First canonization of the Jubilee Year: the Pope canonized Polish Blessed Maria Faustyna Kowalska (1905-1938), virgin of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy.

May 1

Celebration of the Jubilee of Workers at Tor Vergata, Rome.

May 7

Ecumenical Commemoration of the Witnesses to the Faith of the 20th century, held at the Colosseum, Rome.

May 12

Pastoral Visit in Fatima (Portugal) for the beatification - 13 May - of the 2 shepherd children Francesco and Giacinto Marto (12-13 May 2000). Apostolic Trip/92

May 13

Cardinal Angelo Sodano announced that the "third part" of the secret of Fatima will be made public.

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