I15-19991225-VATICAN CITY, VATICAN CITY STATE: Pope John Paul II opens the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica on Christmas Eve 24 December 1999. Pope John Paul II on Friday night opened the Holy Door to mark the start of the Roman Catholic church's special Jubilee Year of the millennium. The Christmas Eve event, one of the highlights of the John Paul II'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 millenniumdespite frail health. (POOL) EPA PHOTO ANSA/VATICAN POOL/STF Code: 455 COPYRIGHT SCANPIX SWEDEN