Great Jubilee News
ANGELUS: CHRISTIAN UNITY AND JUBILEE INITIATIVES VATICAN CITY, JAN 23, 2000 (VIS) - Prior to praying the angelus today, Pope John Paul
addressed the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square from his study window and reflected on the
opening of the last Jubilee Holy Door at St. Paul's-Outside-the Walls, the Week of Prayer for
Christian Unity and a Jubilee initiative for those who are ill.

He said that he had desired the January 18 opening of the Holy Door at St. Paul's, accomplished
with the representatives of numerous Christian Churches and ecclesial communities, "to coincide
with the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with the intention of visibly demonstrating
how the commitment to the re-formation of Christian unity is common to all and must animate the
great prayer which in this period of the Jubilee year is raised to the Lord from every part of the

"The gesture of opening together that door, the symbol of Christ, was an eloquent sign which
encourages us to go forth on the path which remains to be fulfilled and for which we must, above
all, pray."

"Almost a month has passed since the beginning of the Great Jubilee," said the Holy Father in
concluding remarks, "and throughout the Church there has been great activity for spiritual and
charitable initiatives. Among these I wish to point out that of the Pontifical Council for Health Care
Workers, which has promoted in Rome a series of prayer meetings of the sick, in the basilica of
St. Mary Major. These will take place the last Tuesday of every month of the Jubilee Year."