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Pope closes Holy Door
    Pope John Paul has closed the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica in Rome, formally ending the Church's Holy Year.
    Hundreds of dignitaries and politicians attended the ceremony, while tens of thousands of faithful assembled in Saint Peter's Square, where huge screens had been set up for better viewing.
    The door will now remain bricked up for the next 25 years.
    In the last few days, thousands of pilgrims have queued up to walk through the heavy bronze door. According to tradition, passage through the door brings the faithful closer to eternal life.
    The Vatican says more than 25 million people have visited Rome during the millennium celebrations, about eight million of whom have been received by the Pope.
    His last jubilee appointment was with thousands of children from all over the world.
   
BBC
   
8-Jan-01