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Pope John Paul II - special Jubilee report II
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¬†We continue our look at Pope John Paul's pontificate, with an overview of the highlights of 1984-1988: 1984 January 10 Full diplomatic relations at the level of apostolic nunciature and embassy between the Holy See and the United States of America. February 11 Pastoral Letter "Salvific Doloris" (On the Christian Meaning of Suffering). February 18 Agreement between the Holy See and the Italian Republic on the revision of the Lateran Concordat: new Concordat signed. February 22 John Paul II erects the Foundation for the Sahel. March 25 In spiritual union with all the bishops of the world John Paul II repeats the act of entrustment of mankind and all peoples to Mary Most Holy, made at Fatima on May 13, 1982. March 25 Apostolic Exhortation "Redemptionis Donum," to all men and women religious, published on March 29. April 9 Additional appointments to the Roman Curia: broad restructuring of responsibilities of dicasteries and commissions. April 20 Apostolic Letter "Redemptionis Anno" (on the City of Jerusalem, sacred patrimony of all believers and crossroads of peace for the peoples of the Middle East). April 22 Conclusion of the Holy Year of Redemption 1983/84. May 2 21st pastoral visit outside Italy: Korea, Papua-New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Thailand (May 2-12). May 5 Apostolic Letter "Les Grands Mysteres," on the problem of Lebanon. May 21 Official visit of Italian President Sandro Pertini to John Paul II. June 2 Official visit of John Paul II to the president of Italy. June 12 22nd pastoral visit outside Italy: Switzerland (June 12-17). July 7 John Paul II denounces apartheid in South Africa. July 16 Visit of John Paul II to the massif of Adamello and meeting with Italian President Pertini (July 16-17). September 3 Publication of the Instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Certain Aspects of Liberation Theology. September 9 23rd foreign pastoral visit: Canada (September 9-2). October 2 John Paul II tells the Pontifical Academy of Sciences that space belongs to all humanity and that satellites and other space vehicles should be regulated by just international agreements. October 11 24th pastoral visit outside Italy: Zaragoza, Spain; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and San Juan, Puerto Rico (October 10-13). November 2 46th Italian trip: northern Italy (Milan, Varese, Pavia, Varallo, Arona) for the 4th centenary of the death of St. Charles Borromeo (November 2-4). December 11 Publication of the Post-Synodal Pastoral Exhortation "Reconciliatio and Poenitentia." 1985 January 26 25th pastoral visit outside Italy: Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad-Tobago (January 26-February). February 11 John Paul II establishes Pontifical Commission for the Apostolate of Health Care Workers. February 19 Special audience with Israeli Prime Minister Simon Peres. February 27 Second official visit of USSR Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. March 26 Apostolic Letter "To the Youth of the World" on the occasion of the United Nation's International Year of Youth. March 30 First International Youth Meeting in Rome (March 30-31). April 11 Pastoral visit of John Paul II to Loreto and meeting with Italian Bishops. May 9 John Paul II declares venerable Fr. Junipero Serra (1713-1784), Franciscan missionary in California. May 11 26th pastoral visit outside Italy: Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium (May 11-21). May 25 Third consistory of John Paul II for the creation of 28 new cardinals. June 2 Fourth papal Encyclical "Slavorum Apostoli," published on July 2. July 7 Mass in the Pauline Chapel of the Vatican for the people of Czechoslovakia, in remembrance of Sts. Cyril and Methodius. August 8 27th pastoral visit outside Italy: Togo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Republic of Central Africa, Zaire, Kenya, Morocco (August 8-19). August 29 John Paul II announces the opening to historians of the secret archives of the papacies of St. Pius X (1903-14) and Benedict XV (1914-22). September 9 28th pastoral visit outside Italy: Kloten, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. October 4 Official visit of President Francesco Cossiga of Italy. November 17 Personal message of the Pope to Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbaciov for the Geneva summit. November 21 Third Plenary Meeting of the College of Cardinals on the reform of the Roman Curia (November 21-23). November 25 Second Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on: "The Twentieth Anniversary of the Conclusion of the Second Vatican Council" (November 25-December 8). 1986 January 18 Official visit of Italian President Francesco Cossiga. January 31 29th pastoral visit outside Italy: India (January 31- February 10). February 19 Private audience with President Amin Gemayel of Lebanon. Mar. 6 Official visit of Governor General Jeanne Sauve of Canada. April 5 Publication of the Instruction "Libertatis conscientia" of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on Christian freedom and liberation. April 13 John Paul II makes an unprecedented visit to Rome's main synagogue, the oldest Jewish group in the Diaspora; prays with Rabbi Elio Toaff and Giacomo Saban, president of Rome's Jewish community. May 18 Fifth Papal Encyclical "Dominum et Vivificantem" (On the Holy Spirit), published on May 30. June 3 The international "John XXIII Award for Peace" is given by John Paul II to the Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees of Thailand. July 1 30th pastoral visit outside Italy: Colombia and Santa Lucia (July 1-8). July 15 Publication of the new "Enchiridion Indulgentiarum" (manual of indulgences). August 4 John Paul II presides over funeral for Cardinal Carlo Confalonieri, dean of the College of Cardinals, who died on August 1. August 26 Apostolic Letter "Augustinum Hipponensem" for the 16th centenary of the conversion of St Augustine. October 4 31st pastoral visit outside Italy: France (East-Central region, October 4-7). October 27 John Paul II attends the First World Day of Prayer for Peace which he convened in Assisi with some 60 representatives of the main Christian and non-Christian religions. October 31 Official visit of President Paul Biya of the Republic of Cameroon. November 18 32nd pastoral visit outside Italy: Bangladesh, Singapore, Fiji Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Seychelles (November 18-December 1). 1987 January 13 Special audience with President of the Council of the People's Republic of Poland, General Wojciech Jaruzelski. January 19 Private meeting with Jordan's King Hussein about the situation in the Middle East. February 22 Instruction of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith on respect for human life. March 25 Sixth Papal Encyclical "Redemptoris Mater," (Mother of the Redeemer), describing the Virgin Mary's life as an image of obedience and a model of "femininity with dignity." March 31 33rd pastoral visit outside Italy: Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina: celebration in Buenos Aires of the Second World Youth Day (March 31- April 13). April 30 34th pastoral visit outside Italy: Federal Republic of Germany (April 30-May 4). June 6 Official visit of U.S. President Ronald Reagan. June 6 On the vigil of Pentecost: Solemn opening of the Marian Year (June 7- August 15). June 8 35th pastoral visit outside Italy: Poland (June 8-14). June 25 Official visit of President Kurt Waldheim of the Federal Republic of Austria. June 28 Celebration of the 7th centenary of the evangelization of Lithuania. July 8 First visit of John Paul II to the Dolomites (Lorenzago di Cadore), in northern Italy, for a rest (July 8-14). September 10 36th pastoral visit outside Italy: U.S.A. and Canada (Fort Simpson) (September 10-21). October 1 Seventh Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on: "The Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World". December 3 His Holiness Dimitrios, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, visits John Paul II (December 3-7). December 11 Official visit with President Raul Ricardo Alfonsin of the Republic of Argentina. December 30 Seventh Papal Encyclical "Sollicitudo Rei Socialis" (On Social Concerns), published February 19, 1988. It criticized economic and political ideologies of the West and the East. 1988 January 25 John Paul II's Apostolic Letter "Euntes in Mundum," for the millennium of the Baptism of Kievan Ru—', published March 22. March 3 First publication of the financial report of the Holy See (for the year 1986) and the estimated budget for the year 1988. May 7 37th pastoral visit of John Paul II outside Italy: Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru (May 7-19). May 21 Inauguration of the "Dono di Maria" shelter in the Vatican, entrusted to Mother Teresa's Missionary Sisters of Charity. June 13 Delegation to Moscow led by Secretary of State Cardinal Casaroli for the celebrations of the Millennium of Kievan Ru—'. June 18 Official visit of President Corazon Aquino of the Republic of the Philippines. June 23 38th foreign trip: Austria (June 23-27). June 28 Apostolic Constitution "Pastor Bonus" for the reform of the Roman Curia. June 28 Fourth consistory of John Paul II for the creation of 25 new cardinals. July 2 Motu Proprio "Ecclesia Dei," establishing a commission "to be instituted ... to collaborate with the bishops, with the Departments of the Roman Curia, ... for the purpose of facilitating full ecclesial communion of priests, seminarians, religious communities or individuals until now linked to the Fraternity founded by Msg Lefevbre, who may wish to remain united to the Successor of Peter in the Catholic Church." July 4 Special audience with the prince and grand master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, H.H. Fra Andrew W.N. Bertie. July 10 Solemn liturgy in the Byzantine-Ukrainian Rite in St. Peter's Basilica for the Millennium of the Baptism of Kievan Rus'. August 15 Solemn conclusion of Marian Year in St. Peter's Basilica. September 10 39th pastoral visit outside Italy: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland (September 10-20). September 30 Publication of the Apostolic Letter "Mulieris Dignitatem" (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women). October 8 40th pastoral visit outside Italy: to the European Institutions in Strasbourg and to the dioceses of Strasbourg, Metz and Nancy, France (October 8-11). November 19 Visit with President Ciriaco De Mita of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic. December 30 Apostolic Exhortation "Christifideles Laici." Source: VIS
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