Urbi et Orbi of John Paul II
This ‘Urbi et Orbi’ (to the city and to the world) address of Pope Saint John Paul II from 2002 has lost none of its significance. The world fifteen years on is much the same as it was back then, if we can think of the beginning of the millennium as ‘back then’. May the holy Pontiff, now enjoying eternal beatitude, pray for all of us, especially in this Christmastide.
1. “To us a child is born,
to us a son is given” (Is 9:5).
Today the mystery of Christmas is renewed:
this Child who brings salvation to the world
is also born for the men and women of