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BISHOPS GATHER IN ROME TO CELEBRATE JUBILEE CELEBRATION

Vatican City, 5 (NE) This weekend, Rome will become the place of encounter of hundreds of Bishops from all over the world, gathering in the Eternal City to celebrate, together with Pope John Paul II, their Jubilee celebration. In the frame of the Holy Year, the Jubilee of Bishops will take place from October 6 to 8 on the theme "The Bishop: Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Hope of the World." As it was informed, of the approximately 4,200 bishops in the world, an estimated 1,300 will be in Rome for their Jubilee. Also present during the event will be the image of Our Lady of Fatima in Rome. 
Activities will start At 5 p.m. on Friday, October 6, with a penitential celebration in St. John Lateran Basilica. During this rite a collection will be taken up for the poorest churches in the world. On Saturday, October 7, at 9:30 in the morning there will be a missionary celebration in the basilica of St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls. This will be followed at noon by an audience with Pope John Paul II in the Paul VI Hall.  
That same afternoon there will be the recitation of the rosary with the Holy Father before the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The procession will start at 5:45 p.m. inside St. Peter's Basilica, with the statue of Our Lady, accompanied by the Holy Father, and proceed to St. Peter's Square where, at 6 p.m., the Pope will lead the meditations on the mysteries of the rosary. At the end of this celebration the statue of Mary will cross St. Peter's Square and be brought in procession to the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.  
On Sunday, October 8, at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Square, Pope John Paul will preside at a Eucharistic concelebration during which he will read the Act of Entrustment to Mary in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. All bishops present will join the Holy Father in the Act of Entrustment. 

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