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Saturday, 25 March, 2000, 17:00 GMT
In pictures: Pope in Nazareth
Pope John Paul II celebrates mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation, on the site where Christians believe the Angel Gabriel appeared before Mary, the mother of Jesus.

The pontiff urged Christians to defend the family, and all people to respect the dignity of others.

The Pope prays in the grotto
The grotto where Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary

Pope rests
The 79-year-old pontiff appears to tire during mass

Pope waves to worshippers
Worshippers pack in for the invitation-only mass

Communion wafer
Celebrating communion in one of Christianity's holiest sites

Police officer watches mother and child
A police officer stands guard for the Pope's arrival

Boy with Pope flag
A boy waves a flag emblazoned with the Pope's image

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