Pope John Paul II
This letter announced the start of a year of the rosary, running from October 2002 to October 2003. In it, Pope John Paul II recommends the addition of five new mysteries of the rosary, the mysteries of light, to bring out fully the Christological depth of the rosary.
These mysteries are: Christ’s baptism; His self-revelation at Cana; His proclamation of the kingdom of God; His transfiguration; and His institution of the Eucharist. The apostolic letter includes numerous suggestions for praying the rosary in ways that foster contemplation of the mysteries of Christ.