"As the Church looks to the great jubilee of the year 2000, she is aware of her continual need of purification and penance. She therefore wishes to ask pardon for the sins and weaknesses of her children down the ages."
Pope John Paul II,
commenting that the Catholic Church would start
a new page of its history in 2000 by publicly seeking forgiveness for the errors, injustices and human-
rights offenses it committed in the past