Lord of Mercy, side panel, fragment of a triptych with the Risen Christ, © Musei Vaticani
We, the men and women of the third millennium,
we too need you, Risen Lord!
Stay with us now, and until the end of time.
Grant that the material progress of peoples
may never obscure the spiritual values
which are the soul of their civilization.
Sustain us, we pray, on our journey.
In you do we believe, in you do we hope,
for you alone have the words of eternal life.
Mane nobiscum, Domine! Alleluia!
(Pope John Paul II, Urbi et Orbi Message, 27 March 2005)
Under the direction of: Paolo Ondarza