Pope Paul was given a tumultuous welcome in Sydney today(Monday,30 November) and gently warned mankind that it must not rush headlong into the future without regard for the past.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 10: POPE PAUL: "Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.We make our(indistinct) greetings of the Apostle.And we say to you with all our hearts, we are filled with joy and wonder.It is no dream that we are here."
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Background: Pope Paul was given a tumultuous welcome in Sydney today(Monday,30 November) and gently warned mankind that it must not rush headlong into the future without regard for the past.Earlier the 73-year-old Pontiff visited the remote South Sea island of Samoa.
At the start of his three-day visit to Australia, the Pope said at a ceremony at Sydney Town Hall that enthusiasm for the future must not give rise to contempt for the past.
There were unprecedented security precautions at the airport but the Pope dispensed with protocol, leaving the official dais to greet members of the crowd behind the barriers. The Prime Minister, Mr John Gorton, was among those who welcomed him.
Afterwards the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia, Cardinal Sir Norman Gilroy, drove with the Pope in an open car to St.Mary's Cathedral. The Pontiff turned at the top of the steps and blessed the crowd gathered below him.
Inside the cathedral the Pope celebrated mass for 4,500 nuns,priests and monks. "We feel that we are surrounded by brothers and sons," he said. "We feel that we are among friends."
He had flown to Sydney from Manila, crossing and re-crossing the International Date Line to fit in a quick visit to Samoa, an independent State in the Polynesian Archipelago. He shone with happiness at the warm and simple welcome he received.
In an address of welcome the Head of State, Malietoa Tanumafili, said the visit would rank equally in the country's history with the day when Christianity was first brought to the island.
The Pope drove along the sea-shore,past groves of coconut palms and breadfruit trees and the simple huts of the islanders, to the little church of St.Anne's.There he celebrated mass in the open air.He called on the whole world to provide more missionaries and on the rich to provide money to support them.
The charm and courtesy of the Samoans did much to eradicate memories of the earlier moment in the Philippines when a Bolivian,Benjamin Mendoza Amor,made an attempt on the Pope's life.A Government psychiatrist said today that Amor was mentally ill and should not be tried but confined to a mental hospital.