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(…) The modern world reflects the situation of the Areopagus of Athens, where Saint Paul spoke. Today there are many "areopagi", and very different ones: these are the vast sectors of contemporary civilization and culture, of politics and economics. The more the West is becoming estranged from its Christian roots, the more it is becoming missionary territory, taking the form of many different "areopagi". (TMA 57)

Tertio Millennio Institute was founded in 1996 as a response to the call of John Paul II by the Apostolic letter Tertio Millennio Adveniente that called for a preparation for the Great Jubilee of Third Millennium.

Not only should this search be carried out individually, but also collectively, and so there is a need for places to gather and engage in a positive exchange of ideas. This is the type of organization that Tertio Millennio Institute hopes to be.

Through its activities the Institute strives to enable discussion between various groups and circles. Despite their divergence of opinions and a variety of experiences, they are united by a concern for the common good.

According to this, the Institute organizes one-day colloquiums devoted to the prominent religious, cultural, social, political and economic problems of society. Participants in these meetings are delegates from the Church, scientists, artists and politicians.

The primary task of the Institute concerns the study, commentary on and popularization of the teaching of John Paul II. Such work is imperative today as the Pope’s teachings are very often simplified or only selectively analyzed within the media and public debates.

The Institute endeavors to provide commentary upon the primary documents of the present Pontificate, giving special attention to the implications of the Pope’s teaching on our social life.

In regards to the social teaching of the Church, two schools have been established: the Summer Seminar- Tertio Millennio on the Free Society and the Winter School- The Church and Free Society. Among the participants are students and clergy from Poland, the USA and South-East Europe.

These provide an opportunity for collaboration between the school’s participants and others interested in our activities. This is also facilitated through monthly forums called Millennium Debates, currently held in five cities in Poland: Warsaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Krakow and Lublin.

Thanks to “Gosc Niedzielny”, Poland’s largest Catholic weekly, we publish “Azymut”- a monthly insertion to “Gosc Niedzielny”. Devoted to religious and social issues, it appears the first Sunday of every month.

Apart from the editing of “Azymut”, the Institute also publishes books. The most significant work among them, The Social Agenda, is published in six languages and prepared in conjunction with the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Going into the third millennium the Institute aspires to continue work undertaken following John Paul II’s calling from the Apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte:

The symbol of the Holy Door now closes behind us, but only in order to leave more fully open the living door which is Christ. After the enthusiasm of the Jubilee, it is not to a dull everyday routine that we return. On the contrary, if ours has been a genuine pilgrimage, it will have as it were stretched our legs for the journey still ahead. We need to imitate the zeal of the Apostle Paul: "Straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:13-14). (NMI 59)


The Institute is a non-profit organization. Those interested in association with us or in contribution of financial support may contact us at:

ul. Dominikańska 3/13, 31-043 Kraków
tel. (012) 423-11-75, fax. (012) 429-10-42


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