NEWS STORY: Pope cancels post-Christmas rest as Holy Year pilgrims flock to the Vatican

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c. 1999 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Pope John Paul II canceled his customary post-Christmas rest Monday (Dec. 27) because of the crowds of pilgrims flocking to the Vatican for the start of Holy Year 2000 celebrating the third millennium of Christianity. Vatican officials estimated 1 million pilgrims, far more than originally expected, would […]

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