VATICAN CITY, JAN 18, 1997 (VIS) - A note published today from the vicariate of Rome, the Pope's diocese, explains that it has begun the three-year period of preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, marked by the citizen's mission called by the Holy Father on December 8, 1995.

Twelve thousand missionaries in service to Rome are carrying out various initiatives planned by the diocese, including prayer meetings and catecheses. In preparation for the forthcoming Lent, two particular initiatives have been planned: retreats will be held in each parish on the theme of Jesus Christ, and each Roman family will be given a copy of St. Mark's Gospel.

The Gospel is introduced by a letter from Pope John Paul, dated Christmas 1996, to the faithful of his diocese, to whom he says: "Open this Gospel with trust, make it an object of attentive reading and meditation, you personally, or together with those dear to you, in your family. You will find inner peace in it, and much hope and strength to be able to daily face life's diverse situations, even those which are most weighty and difficult."

He also pointed out that the evangelist Mark was "the Apostle Peter's 'interpreter' in the city of Rome and a faithful disciple."

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