Updated 6/29/08: Some of the pages on the Pauline Year were not yet available in English when I wrote the following post, and new ones are being added as the Pauline Year begins. Here are the links for the English language pages now available. I may add more as I find them:
The Pauline Year = This is a page from the website of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.
Vatican Page on the Pauline Year - This is the Vatican's page.
Download the Program in English - This page has a link where you can download the program in English in .pdf format.
Catholic News Agency page on the Pauline year.
The Vatican Press Office today released the detailed official program for the Pauline Year (in Italian), which will run from June 28, 2008 to June 29, 2009, celebrating the second millenneum of the birth of St. Paul.
Vatican Information Service issued a press release in English about the press conference releasing the program. During the press conference, Cardinal Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo mentioned that Pope Benedict XVI announced the Pauline year in his homily for First Vespers of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul on June 28, 2007. In that homily, the Pope mentioned the ecumenical dimension of the feast, "was especially committed to taking the Good News to all peoples" and "left no stones unturned for unity and harmony among all Christians."
The activities encouraged during the Pauline Year, mentioned by the Cardinal, will include re-reading St. Paul's Epistles, pilgrimages to his tomb and to the places he visited during his missionary journeys, revitalizing our faith and role in today's Church in the light of his teachings, and praying and working for Christian unity.
The chapel now used as the baptistery between the basilica and the cloister will become an "Ecumenical Chapel" during the Pauline Year, providing a place where Christians who are not Catholics can pray within their own groups or together with Catholics, without the celebration of the Sacraments.
A page on the Pauline Year has been provided on the Vatican's website, although the English language portion is not working yet.
The Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls has an official website www.annopaolina.org with an English language page that, like the Vatican page, is coming soon but not yet working. An Official Program booklet is available there now in French and Italian, and will surely be available soon in English once the English language page is working. That program booklet does not mention all of the specific initiatives listed in today's press conference. Rather, it is a 17-page booklet of suggestions for parish groups and for pilgrims planning to come to Rome during the Pauline Year. The website invites people to spread the program to parish groups, youth groups, and others, so you can download it here in French or Italian:
The booklet includes a proposed itinerary of places to visit in Rome during the Pauline Year, a photo of the tomb of St. Paul, other photos of places associated with St. Paul in Rome, a map of his missionary journeys, and other features. At the end, there is a prayer, translated here by me into English:
Glorious Saint Paul,
Apostle full of zeal,
Martyr by Christ's love,
obtain for us a profound faith,
a firm hope,
a burning love for the Lord
so that we can say with you:
"It is no longer I but the Christ who lives in me."
Help us to become apostles
who serve the Church with a pure conscience,
witnesses of its greatness and its beauty
amid the darkness of our time.
With you we praise God our Father,
"To Him be the glory in the Church and in Christ
from age to age forever."
On January 25, the Pope will celebrate Vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls to conclude the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. EWTN's schedule of special programming includes a live broadcast and re-broadcast of that event.