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Jubilee Year Of St. Paul

Image of St Paul The Jubilee Year of St. Paul, called by Benedict XVI, will run from June 28th 2008 to June 29th 2009 and will commemorate the second millennium of the birth of St. Paul. Please do consider celebrating the start of it in your parish and diocese.

Information And Resources Index
Many of these items are sourced from www.zenit.org and have been credited accordingly.

Paul: A Novel (Paperback) by Walter Wangerin (Author)
This is a dramatic, fictionalised retelling of the life of St Paul based on biblical texts and extensive on-site research. (September 2008)

ST. PAUL AND THE APOSTLES

During his general audience, held this morning in St. Peter's Square in the presence of some 15,000 faithful, Benedict XVI continued his catechesis on the life and work of St. Paul, focusing today on his relationship with the Apostles. Translation (24th September 2008)

Aide: Pauline Year a Chance for Unity Says Timing Depends on Prayer, Charity and Faith
The Pauline Jubilee Year is an opportunity to make progress toward full Christian unity, says a Vatican spokesman.Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, affirmed this in the most recent edition of Vatican Television's "Octava Dies." (6th July 2008)

Pauline Year Imagery; Match Made in Rome: Pope and Patriarch Reflect on Icon Imagery.
How blessed Christians are to have seen God! When the Word was made flesh, all of our senses were invited to participate in the experience of the Lord. More than just a recounted story, Jesus came to be seen and touched. Centuries of art have celebrated this happy event: the Incarnation. (3rd July 2008)

Pope: Paul's World Not So Different Than Ours
The Pope affirmed this in a reflection on St. Paul at the general audience held today in St. Peter's Square. This is the last audience the Holy Father will host until mid-August. He left today for the summer papal residence at Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome. And later this month, he heads to Australia for World Youth Day. (2nd July 2008)

Archbishop Nichols To Highlight Year Of St Paul At World Youth Day
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, will highlight the importance of the Year of St Paul during his catechesis for young pilgrims participating in World Youth Day. (July 2008)

Paul's Message Is for Today, Says Pontiff Looks at 3 Fundamental Elements in Apostle's Teaching
"We have come together not to reflect on a past history, irrevocably surpassed. Paul wants to speak with us today," the Holy Father said in his homily. "That is why I wanted to convoke this special 'Pauline year': to listen to him and to drink from him, as our teacher, in the faith and truth, in which are rooted the reasons for unity among the disciples of Christ." (30th June)

Pope turns spotlight
on St. Paul as model for modern Christians
Pope Benedict XVI is known to the world as the successor of St. Peter, the first pope. But for the next 12 months he'll be turning the spotlight on St. Paul, the church's archetypal missionary. (27th June 2008)

The Universe newspaper - summary article provided by CASE (June 2008)

Who was St. Paul?
Born in Tarsus, a Roman citizen and former Christian persecutor, who later became a great evangelising saint.

Who was St. Paul? (Thinking Faith website)
But who was this man from Tarsus who influenced the course of Christianity more than probably any other saint?  Peter Edmonds SJ introduces the ‘Thirteenth Apostle’ and his writings in the first of a special Thinking Faith series for this ‘Pauline Year’.

Liturgy Office Of England And Wales
A series of leaflets is being prepared which offer a brief introduction to the letters of St. Paul.

Year of St. Paul
CASE Press Release (June 2008)

Paul: a lover of Jesus Christ
Catholic Herald Newspaper (June 2008)

Gearing Up for the Pauline Year: Dioceses Prepare for Jubilee of Apostle of the Gentiles
By Karna Swanson, Zenit News Agency (27th June 2008)

Roman Tours Follows Paul's Steps
By By Marta Lago, Zenit News Agency (26th June 2008)

Pauline Feast Okayed For Sunday In 2009: Vatican Authorises Decree For Jubilee Year
Author Unknown, Zenit News Agency (1st June 2008)

Plenary Indulgence Offered for Pauline Year: Faithful Can Obtain It In Rome And Elsewhere
Author Unknown, Zenit News Agency (12th May 2008)

Youth Day And Pauline Year On Papal Agenda
Author Unknown, Zenit News Agency (4th April 2008)

Cardinal Invites All To Celebrate Pauline Year: Calls On Organizations Carrying St. Paul’s Name
By Nieves San Martín, Zenit News Agency (4th March 2008)

Pauline Year To Put Tarsus In Limelight: Town In Turkey Needs Church for Pilgrims, Says Bishop
By Nieves San Martín, Zenit News Agency (8th January 2008)

Dedicated Page On The Catholic Bishops' Conference Website

*Magnus Sanctus Paulus: A Meditation On Saint Paul In Words And Music
This is a new CD in honour of Saint Paul. The music is performed by Schola Cantamus, directed by Jeremy de Satge, narrated by Bishop Bernard Longley, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster. RRP £12.50. For wholesale discount terms please 020 7207 5501. E-mail [email protected]

 


Who was St. Paul?
'From St. Paul himself we know that he was born at Tarsus in Cilicia (Acts 21:39), of a father who was a Roman citizen (Acts 22:26-28; cf. 16:37), of a family in which piety was hereditary (2 Timothy 1:3) and which was much attached to Pharisaic traditions and observances (Philippians 3:5-6).'
For more see: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11567b.htm

Also:
'Paul the apostle, (Hebrew: שאול התרסי‎ Šaʾul HaTarsi, meaning "Saul of Tarsus", Ancient Greek: Σαούλ Saul and Σαῦλος Saulos and Παῦλος Paulos[1]), the "Apostle to the Gentiles"[2] was, together with Saint Peter and James the Just,[3] the most notable of early Christian missionaries. Unlike the Twelve Apostles, there is no indication that Paul, born in Tarsus, ever met Jesus prior to the latter's crucifixion.[4] According to Acts, his conversion took place as he was traveling the road to Damascus, and experienced a vision of the resurrected Jesus.[5] Paul asserts that he received the Gospel not from man, but by "the revelation of Jesus Christ".[6]'
For more see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_of_Tarsus

 

St. Paul drawingLiturgy Office Of England And Wales
A series of leaflets is being prepared which offer a brief introduction to the letters of St Paul as heard at Sunday Mass. They are intended both for readers and members of the liturgical assembly to help them appreciate the context of the second reading and encourage a greater familiarity with St Paul’s writings. (Image source: http://www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Resources/Scripture/Paul.html)

 

Link: back to hompage Year of St. Paul
CASE Press Release (June 2008)

St. Paul is probably one of the greatest evangelising saints of all time, and later this year CASE is helping to resource a jubilee year to mark the 2000th anniversary of his birth.

Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed that the celebrations will begin on 28th June 2008, ending on the same date in 2009. As such the Universal Church is being encouraged to consider organising initiatives to celebrate his life, work and example including liturgical gatherings, prayer meetings, talks, courses and Bible study meetings.

Paul is widely recognised as the most notable of early Christian evangelists. Born a Jew who went on to vehemently persecute and condemn Christians in adult life, his conversion took place whilst he was travelling on the road to Damascus. He experienced a vision (Acts 9: 1 – 22) and was blinded for several days before Ananias was commanded in prayer to lay hands on St. Paul where upon his sight was restored. Paul spent the rest of his years preaching tirelessly and tradition attributes fourteen epistles in the New Testament to him, although some authorship is disputed. These epistles spiritually and pastorally sustained some of the early Christian communities, such as those in Corinth and Ephesus, which are located in modern day Greece. St. Paul’s writings have influenced and inspired generations of Christian writers and missionaries.

A special invitation has been issued to dioceses, churches, shrines, places of worship and institutes that carry St. Paul’s name, or are inspired by him and his teachings, to mark the Jubilee Year. CASE will be providing an online portal to signpost people to a wide variety of Pauline materials.

CASE Director, Mgr Keith Barltrop, said: The Year of St. Paul provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the part that he played in the mission of the early Church. Imprisoned, shipwrecked, persecuted and often a controversial figure, he has inspired generations of Christians to share the Gospel message wherever the Lord calls them. There is so much that we can learn from his life and work. Join us in helping to make this a jubilee year to remember.”

Materials will be available on the CASE website (www.caseresources.org.uk) from 28th June and in advance of that resources can be accessed from www.annopaolino.org

 

Zenit logo Pauline Feast Okayed For Sunday In 2009: Vatican Authorises Decree For Jubilee Year

Author Unknown, Zenit News Agency (1st June 2008)

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 1, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican will allow the Mass for the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul to be said on a Sunday in 2009, during the Pauline jubilee year.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments published Friday the decree authorizing the Mass to be said Jan. 25, 2009, which falls on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Some feasts that coincide with a Sunday are moved to a weekday since the normal Sunday liturgy usually takes precedent.

The decree, signed by Cardinal Francis Arinze and Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith, respectively prefect and secretary of the congregation, explains that the authorization is a special permission given during the Pauline Year.

Benedict XVI declared the jubilee year marking the 2,000th anniversary of Paul's birth. It will be held from June 28, 2008, to June 29, 2009.

The decree states: "The Apostle St. Paul, who proclaimed the truth of Christ to the whole world and did so after being Christ’s persecutor, spent himself in using every means to proclaim the Good News to the nations, committing himself with zeal to the unity and concord of all Christians, has always been and continues to be venerated by the faithful, especially in this particular year, the bimillennium of his birth, which the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI desired to institute as a special jubilee year.

"Thus, in virtue the faculties conferred on this Congregation by the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI, it is permitted, in an extraordinary manner, that on Jan. 25, 2009, the Third Sunday 'per annum,' a Mass according to the formulary 'Conversion of St. Paul,' as is found in the Roman Missal, may be celebrated in the individual churches. In such a case, the second reading of the Mass is taken from the Roman Lectionary for the Third Sunday 'per annum,' and the Creed will be recited."

June 28 will be the solemn opening of the Pauline Jubilee Year. The Pope will preside with first vespers in St. Paul's Outside the Walls.

Then, on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29, he will preside over a 9:30 a.m. Mass, which will include the imposition of the pallium on new metropolitan archbishops.

 

Zenit logo Plenary Indulgence Offered For Pauline Year: Faithful Can Obtain It In Rome And Elsewhere

Author Unknown, Zenit News Agency (12th May 2008)

VATICAN CITY, MAY 12, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is offering those who visit the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls a chance to get a plenary indulgence during the Pauline Jubilee Year.

The indulgence was announced in a decree made public Saturday and signed by Cardinal James Stafford and Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, respectively penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary.

The faithful can receive the indulgence during the Pauline year, marking the 2,000th anniversary of the Apostle's birth. The Pauline year runs from June 28, 2008, to June 29, 2009.

With the customary conditions, the faithful can obtain the indulgence by undertaking "a pious visit in the form of a pilgrimage to the papal basilica of St. Paul on Rome's Via Ostiense and [praying] in accordance with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff," the decree explained.

It added: "In order that the prayers pronounced on these holy visits may lead and draw the souls of the faithful to a more intense veneration of the memory of St. Paul, the following conditions are laid down: The faithful, apart from pronouncing their own prayers before the altar of the Blessed Sacrament, [...] must go to the altar of the Confession and pray the 'Our Father' and the 'Creed,' adding pious invocations in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Paul; and such acts of devotion must remain closely linked to the memory of the prince of the apostles, St. Peter."'

Those who are not in Rome can obtain the indulgence "if they participate devotedly in a religious function or in a pious exercise held publicly in honor of the Apostle of the Gentiles: on the days of the solemn opening and closing of the Pauline Year in any place of worship; on other days determined by the local ordinary, in holy places named for St. Paul and, for the good of the faithful, in other places designated by the ordinary."

The decree also noted that the sick or those who legitimately cannot leave their homes, can obtain the indulgence if they "spiritually unite themselves to a jubilee celebration in honour of St. Paul, offering their prayers and suffering to God for the unity of Christians."


Zenit logo Youth Day and Pauline Year On Papal Agenda


Author Unknown, Zenit News Agency (4th April 2008)

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 30, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI has several engagements planned for the upcoming months, most notably the journey to Australia for World Youth Day and the opening of the Pauline Jubilee Year.The Vatican published today the Pope's schedule for May through August.

This Saturday, the Pope will recite the rosary in the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

On the feast of Pentecost, May 11, he will preside over Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Basilica.

May 17-18, the Holy Father will make a pastoral visit to Savona and Genoa, Italy.

And on the feast of Corpus Christi, Thursday, May 22, he will preside over Mass at 7 p.m. in St. John Lateran and then process with the Blessed Sacrament to the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

In June, the Pontiff has another two-day pastoral visit scheduled. June 14-15, he will go to Santa Maria di Leuca and Brindisi, Italy.

June 28 will be the solemn opening of the Pauline Jubilee Year. The Pope will preside with first vespers in St. Paul's Outside the Walls.

Then, on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29, he will preside over a 9:30 a.m. Mass, which will include the imposition of the pallium on new metropolitan archbishops.

July will be marked by World Youth Day in Sydney. Benedict XVI departs for Australia on July 12 and returns July 21.

Finally, on Aug. 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, the Pope will preside over 8 a.m. Mass at the parish church of St. Thomas of Villanova in Castel Gandolfo.


Zenit logo Cardinal Invites All to Celebrate Pauline Year: Calls On Organizations Carrying St. Paul’s Name

By Nieves San Martín, Vatican News Agency (4th March 2008)

ROME, VATICAN CITY, MARCH 4, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The archpriest of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls is looking for initiatives that will carry the celebration of the Year of St. Paul throughout the world.

The Pauline Year, called by Benedict XVI in 2007, will run from June 28, 2008, to June 29, 2009, and will commemorate the second millennium of the birth of St. Paul. The Pope will inaugurate the year by presiding over the first vespers of the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo addressed his letter to the dioceses, churches, shrines, places of worship and institutes for studies and assistance that carry St. Paul's name, or are inspired by him and his teaching.

He invited "any initiative, idea, suggestion or information that could be important for spreading the work and mission of the 'Apostle of the People.'"

The archpriest said the basilica "is committed to offering the best welcome to those who come to pray at the tomb of the Apostle," but that the event wouldn't be lived only in Rome.

He recalled that the Pope called on all religious institutions that carry St. Paul's name, or are inspired by him, to carry out initiatives "in their dioceses, sanctuaries and places of worship."

Cardinal Montezemolo added, "It would be useful to employ the Web site annopaolino.org to communicate news of historic, cultural and religious value, as well as initiatives planned for the Jubilee Pauline Year."

"Moved by a shared desire to celebrate the Pauline Year in the best manner possible," he said, "we invite and appreciate the efforts of all those who wish to actively collaborate in providing every type of information and suggestion through the e-mail address [email protected]"

Cardinal Montezemolo summarized already planned initiatives of the basilica "to celebrate the life, works and example of St. Paul," such as the pastoral program that includes daily liturgical celebrations, prayer meetings and celebrations of the sacrament of penance.

He said other activities would include catechetical instruction on letters of St. Paul's, as well as conferences, meditations, theological reflections, musical events, guided tours of the Basilica and exhibits of Pauline art from around the world.

The archpriest said a number of publications would be available in various languages, including a guide to the basilica, a pilgrim handbook and a new printing of the Acts of the Apostles and Letters of St. Paul. He added that the Web site would also be available in various languages to inform the faithful of the events throughout the year.

Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi -- the Vatican institution whose mission it is to evangelize through pastoral tourism and the ministry of pilgrimage -- will oversee the pilgrimage program, said the cardinal. The program includes welcoming and assisting those who visit the basilica, and scheduling visits to other Pauline shrines in Rome or throughout the world.



Zenit logo Pauline Year To Put Tarsus In Limelight: Town In Turkey Needs Church For Pilgrims, Says Bishop

By Nieves San Martín, Zenit News Agency, (8th January 2008)

ROME, JAN. 8, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Coordinators of the jubilee year of St. Paul say that Turkey will have a strategic role during the commemoration, since Tarsus was the birth place of the saint.

Benedict XVI proclaimed a jubilee year of St. Paul from June 28, 2008, to the same date in 2009, marking the 2,000th anniversary of the apostle's birth.

An information bulletin about the year said the Church in Turkey is preparing "with spirit and a special determination they derive from feeling 'one' with the apostle born in Tarsus."

According to Bishop Luigi Padovese, apostolic vicar of Anatolia, Turkey, "St. Paul can be considered the apostle of Christian identity, in an era like today when any type of religion can be embraced, in a moment in which the many paths toward God are ranked on the same level."

The Turkish episcopal conference, formed by seven bishops, three of the Latin rite, two Armenians, one Syrian Catholic and one Chaldean, is considering the program for the celebrations.

The bishops already planned a letter to the faithful of the various rites as well as a pilgrimage to Rome.

The conference has established contact with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople and with the Syrian Orthodox and Armenian Gregorian metropolitan archbishops, in order to organize common ecumenical initiatives dedicated to St. Paul, as Benedict XVI has suggested.

"The bimillennium will serve also to call the attention of the Church to the Christian minority communities in Turkey, making them aware of the situation," added Bishop Padovese.

One of the first goals for Catholics is to obtain permission from the Turkish authorities in Tarsus to make a permanent place for Christian worship to accommodate the pilgrims who will arrive from around the world.

Today, there is only one church-museum, and it lacks a cross. To use the building for liturgy, previous permission must be obtained and payment must be given to the civil authorities.

"I asked Prime Minister Erdogan that access to the building, the only Christian place in the city which has not been transformed into a mosque, may be permitted not only to Catholics, but also to all Christians; or that the Christians might be able to acquire land to build a church," Bishop Padovese said. "In Tarsus the museum-church is not needed, but a church where faithful and pilgrims can feel at home and pray."

"The authorities of Tarsus," he added, "have mixed sentiments: They are aware of the importance of the city for Christians; they are proud to be fellow citizens with a first-rate person. But at the same time, they show perplexity and discomfort when it comes to handling a situation implying religious tourism with special demands."