• Short Summary

    The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Monseigneur Beltritti, conducted Christmas midnight High Mass in the Catherine Church of Bethlehem, built over the grotto where, according to tradition, the Infant Jesus was born.

  • Description

    The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Monseigneur Beltritti, conducted Christmas midnight High Mass in the Catherine Church of Bethlehem, built over the grotto where, according to tradition, the Infant Jesus was born.

    Pilgrims, diplomats, tourists and members of religious orders from all over the world had gathered for the solemn Pontifical Mass at the cradle of Christianity - but not everything was as peaceful as appeared within the confines of the Church, Only a few hours earlier Arab guerrillas once more marked their hostility against Israel's occupation of the West Bank of Jordan by hurling a grenade just south of Bethlehem. It was the first Christmas incident in the area for these years, but it underlined the continuing strife in the land. And, outside in Manger Square more than 2,000 people followed the service on a large television screen...while armed Israeli soldiers manned the rooftops facing the Church.

    The Midnight Mass was the climax of the Christmas celebration in the town of Bethlehem.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA17NEMNKK1TCKRM7P63EIY0HTH
    Media URN:
    VLVA17NEMNKK1TCKRM7P63EIY0HTH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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