The Great Jubilee of the year 2000, with which the Catholic Church
symbolically celebrated the two thousandth anniversary of the
birth of Christ, began on 24 December 1999 and ended on 6 January
2001. An ailing but steady Pope, nearly hidden under a glittering,
iridescent cloak, and watched by thousands of millions the
world over, opened the Holy Door of the Basilica of Saint Peter on
Christmas Eve 1999 to welcome the Christian nation into the new
century and the new millennium. Satisfied and moved, he closed
the Holy Door on the day of Epiphany 2001.
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