Text of Pope John Paul II’s message at Midnight, January 1, 2000
The clock of history strikes an important hour at the moment the year 2000
begins, and we enter into a new millennium. For believers this is the year of
the Great Jubilee.
A Happy New Year to all of you, men and women of every part of the world! As
we cross the threshold of the new year I would like to knock at the door of
every home, to bring to each of you my cordial good wishes: a Happy New Year to
everyone in the light which shines out from Bethlehem upon the whole universe!
I wish you a year filled with peace: the peace proclaimed by the angels on
that holy night; the peace of Christ, who out of love became a brother to every
I wish you a year filled with serenity and happiness: May you always be
certain of God’s love for us. As he did 2000 years ago, Christ comes today with
his saving Gospel to guide the uncertain and faltering steps of peoples and
nations, leading them towards a future of true hope. I ask him to bless this
moment of festivity and good wishes, that it may be the promising beginning of a
new millennium filled with joy and peace. Let us enter the year 2000 with our
eyes fixed on the mystery of the Incarnation.
Christ, yesterday, today and forever.
To him belong time and the ages.
To him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen!