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December 20, 1999

CARDINAL BEVILACQUA TO CELEBRATE START OF JUBILEE YEAR 2000 ON CHRISTMAS EVE


CARDINAL WILL OPEN HOLY DOORS PRIOR TO MIDNIGHT MASS

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will open specially designated Holy Doors of the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1999. (The doors are on the 18th Street of the Cathedral) This will follow a videotaped presentation of Pope John Paul II as he opens the Holy Doors of the St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. The Pope declared Christmas Eve the start of the Jubilee Year, the celebration of 2000 years since the birth of Jesus Christ.

Friday, December 24, 1999
Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia
11:40 p.m.
Videotape will be shown of Pope John Paul II opening Holy Doors in Rome
(will have occurred at 6:00 p.m. eastern time)
Cardinal Bevilacqua will open Holy Doors of Cathedral immediately following videotape
(approximately 11:50 p.m.)
Midnight Mass immediately following


The Holy Father asked all parishes around the world to designate and seal holy doors in preparation for the Jubilee Year 2000. Jubilee celebrations date back to the 14th century. They mark significant events in the history of the Church, but the Jubilee of 2000, which celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Christ, is the first in history to mark the passage from one millennium to another.

The Holy Doors at the Cathedral Basilica Ss. Peter and Paul, made especially for this occasion, are made of white oak and mahogany wood. The coat of arms of Pope John Paul II is on one of the doors and the coat of arms of Cardinal Bevilacqua is on the other door. The door handle pulls have the Jubilee Logo on them, featuring a cross and five doves that symbolize the five continents. The doors remind us that Jesus is the "door" to the Father.
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