The Holy Door in St.
CU PAN DOWN FROM Painting of St. Peter TO hole in bricked up doorway
SV & CU Cardinal Aurelio Sabattani signing documents to be contained in casket
CU Golden brick with inscription
SV Golden brick being placed in casket
SV Silver and gold medals commemorating Holy Year placed in casket
CU Metal container with key to door placed in casket
CU Casket placed in metal box with books and documents
CU & SV Metal box sealed with molten lead and then placed into hole in wall and Cardinal Sabattani placing brick in position as clerics watch (3 shots)
SV & CUs Hole being bricked up as people watch (5 shots)
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Background: The Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica was ceremonially bricked up on May 28 to mark the end of Holy Year. Traditionally, the Pontiff formally opens a Holy Year by striking three times with a silver hammer on the bronze doors hidden behind the brickwork. This year, Cardinal Aurelio Sabattani presided over the closure ceremony in which 3,190 bricks -- one of them gold -- were used to seal up one of five doors in the atrium of St. Peter's. A gold and silver casket containing documents and objects relating to the Holy Year was placed in the wall. The casket also contained the key to the door, and a golden brick. Cardinal Sabattani, who is president of the Fabrica di San Pietro which supplied the bricks, also laid a golden brick in the wall after the casket was sealed and set in place. The other bricks, some of which were inscribed, will be available to the faithful when the door is next reopened in the year 2,000. Holy years normally take place every 25 years. The latest was one of 74 exceptional jubilees proclaimed since the practice began in 1300. It was called to mark the 1,950th anniversary of Christ's death and resurrection. The 1983-84 Holy Year was the first during which the faithful who stayed at home received the same rights and spiritual benefits as those who travelled to Rome. This simplified the dispensation of plenary indulgences -- the temporary remission of punishment in this world, or in Purgatory, for sins already confessed and forgiven. The selling of indulgences had caused critics to say that Pope John Paul had called the special jubilee to raise finances following the failure of the Ambrosiano Bank which had links with the Vatican. The Vatican has strongly denied these allegations and said the Holy See would spend more than it earned during the Holy Year.