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Especially important Apostolic letters of Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II left us with a tremendous heritage of his writings.  They will be a source of inspiration and guidance for many years to come.  Here are some of the more important ones.

Tertio Millennio Adveniente on the Jubilee of the year 2000
called the Church to rededication to the teachings of Vatican II and to conversion of heart

Novo Millennio Ineunte
In this apostolic letter at the close of the Great Jubilee, the Holy Father addressed some of the great challenges faced by Christians in the Third Millennium. These include the New Evangelization, Christian unity, growth in interreligious dialogue, defense of the family and the environment, and the ethical implications of biotechnology.

Ecclesia In America, Chapter VI, The Mission Of The Church In America Today: The New Evangelization
A key part of the Apstolic Exhortation which presented a clear vision of the Lord's call to the Americas as we entered the Third Millennium.  As an exhortation, "it is meant to stir us to action, to a personal response to the vision contained in the document.  It is a call to the whole Church, to each one of us, to pay attention, to 'hear what the Spirit is saying', and to make the Lord's priorities our own." (quoting Peter Herbeck)

Ecclesia de Eucharistia
The Eucharistic sacrifice is "the source and summit of the Christian life". "For the most holy Eucharist contains the Church's entire spiritual wealth: Christ himself, our passover and living bread."

Mane Nobiscum Domine
The Pope's call for the Year of the Eucharist.  "Amid our questions and difficulties, and even our bitter disappointments, the divine Wayfarer continues to walk at our side, opening to us the Scriptures and leading us to a deeper understanding of the mysteries of God."