VAT05D:POPE-CHRISTMAS:VATICAN CITY,24DEC99 - Pope John Paul II is helped during the opening the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica December 24. By opening the Holy Door, the Pope marks the start of the Roman Catholic Church's special Jubilee Year of the Millennium. The Christmas Eve event, one of the highlights of the Pope's papacy, will also be a major personal milestone for the ailing 79-year-old Pontiff, who set himself a personal goal of reaching the Millennium despite frail health. pc/Photo by Paolo Cocco REUTERS