The following Millennium Moments link to that box in recent issues of Millennium Monthly, online edition:

Rome's Colosseum, where Christians were once thrown to the lions and gladiators fought to the death, has become a Jubilee Year symbol of life. The amphitheater is illuminated for 48 hours each time a death sentence is suspended or commuted or the death penalty is abolished anywhere in the world.

Catholics and other Christians are gathering in Rome September 15-24 to honor Mary as the spiritual Mother who intercedes for all of humanity. The occasion is the 20th International Mariological-Marian Congress.

For people interested in but unable to attend World Youth Day XV in Rome (August 15-20), the World Wide Web offers the next best thing at

The International Eucharistic Congress in Rome (June 18-25) is not the only celebration of the importance of the Eucharist. Congresses in the Antilles and Mexico City have also left their mark.

Jesus, the living bread who continues to nourish us, is the focus of the 47th International Eucharistic Congress in Rome June 18-25.

The poor are not forgotten amidst all the Jubilee Year celebrations in Rome. Special efforts are being made to remember and to include poor persons in Jubilee events.

A bare tree stands in the sanctuary at a parish in Richmond, Virginia, inviting parishioners to bring it to life through acts of reconciliation recorded on small cards. As Easter approaches and more reconciling occurs, the parish's healing tree comes to life with "buds."

Women have said "yes" to God throughout history. All women will be honored in a special way in churches on March 25, the feast of the Annunciation.

Catholic historians and scholars offer their "Who's Who" and "What's What" list of highlights from the first 2,000 years of Church history.

Christians who are unable to make a pilgrimage to the land of Jesus' birth during the Great Jubilee Year can visit there in spirit by sending their personal prayers to sacred sites in the Holy Land via the Internet.

We are all called to be peacemakers. The "1,000 Years of Peace Project" offers ways to help create 1,000 years of peace in the first year of the new millennium.

With 10 short words, Pope John Paul II will usher in Jubilee 2000 on December 24 when he opens the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome: "I am the door of life. I entreat all, 'Enter!'"

Leaders of the world's religions gather in Italy in October 1999 to explore the religious values they have in common. The theme is "On the Threshold of the Third Millennium: Cooperation Among Various Religions."

Catholic pilgrims will soon be flocking to Rome and the Holy Land in observance of the 2000th birthday of Jesus. But last year the Catholic shrine that drew the largest numbers of pilgrims was a world away.

What is the answer to the Y2K scare? For Christians, it just might be AD2K, which urges responding in faith rather than in fear.

Every bishop in the world has been invited to go to prison on July 9, 2000, for the special Jubilee Day for prisoners during the Holy Year. An estimated 8 million men and women are housed in prisons throughout the world.

Pope John Paul II invites listeners to join him on a musical pilgrimage through his compact disk, "Abba Pater," in preparation for the Jubilee Year of 2000.

The first Mass of the third millennium will be celebrated on the tiny Fijian island of Taveuni in the South Pacific at Holy Cross, the Catholic Church closest to the international date line.

The centuries-old Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany, is undergoing a major facelift—all in preparation for its debut in May of 2000.

On the eve of the coming new millennium, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is inviting everyone who has been away from the Church to return and to find peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A toll-free, confidential hotline welcomes all callers.

Catholics in the United States have been invited to prepare for the new millennium by answering the call to love of neighbor through the Jubilee Pledge for Charity, Justice and Peace.

The new sculpture of St. Francis of Assisi standing in the Peace Park at the University for Peace in Costa Rica serves as a reminder of Francis' vision of peace for all of creation.

What have been the top 10 moments in Church history over the last 2,000 years? They begin with Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit appeared to the apostles in the Upper Room.

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