Vatican City. According to
Countryaah official website, Pope John Paul II opened the golden Jubilee
Gate on Christmas Eve, and so began the Catholic Church's
jubilee year, which lasts until the thirteenth weekend in
2001. Then the gate is reopened, to be opened only at the
next Jubilee 25 years later. For those who make pilgrimages
during the Jubilee year, the road to paradise and the time
of the soul are shortened in purgatory. The Pope himself
intends to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where he is
invited by both the Israeli and Palestinian authorities. The
Vatican had promptly asked Rome's bakers to bake cheering
bread during the Jubilee year. The Holy See gave a Belgian
company the exclusive right to supply the flour and bread,
which is in principle as usual French, but is five times
more expensive than others.
Faithfully, the habit of the Pope diligently raised. He
visited during the year, among other things. Asia, USA,
Mexico, Romania and its former homeland of Poland. Just
before Easter, John Paul II came out with a record entitled
"Abba Pater", where he reads and sings to various forms of
newly written music, including hip hop with plenty of
electronic sounds. The Jesuit magazine CiviltÓ cattolica,
which is close to the Vatican's foremost religious
interpreter, ruled in a summer editorial that there is no
fire in hell. According to the magazine, hell is not a place
but a state.
The pope continued his diligent bliss and saint
declaration. During his more than 20 years at the Holy See,
he has declared saints close to 290 and blessed over 900.
This is more than all other popes have accomplished over the
In the presence of the Swedish royal family, half of
Sweden's bishops and other dignitaries Johannes Paulus in
the autumn appointed Saint Birgitta and two other saints as
the patron saints of Europe. A five meter high marble statue
of Saint Birgitta, who came to Rome 650 years ago, was
uncovered in a niche on the outside of St. Peter's Church.
Archbishop KG Hammar, who during the service of St. Peter's
Church had the place of honor next to the Pope, preached
about Luther, and a black-clad Queen Silvia read from Holy
Scripture. It was decided that a dialogue should be resumed
between the Catholic Church and the Nordic churches to
create a better understanding between them.
The frail 79-year-old John Paul, who suffers from
Parkinson's disease, devoted the turn of the millennium to
conducting the midnight Mass at the Santa Maria Maggiore
Church in Rome.