• Short Summary

    Christmas day means many things -- among them a blessing from the Pope, and High Mass in Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus Christ.

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    Christmas day means many things -- among them a blessing from the Pope, and High Mass in Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus Christ.
    In the traditional Christmas day blessing and message to the world, Pope Paul urged people everywhere to honour Christian humanism and the value of life. Addressing a crowd in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, the 79-year-old head of the 600 million Roman Catholics implicitly reaffirmed the Church's opposition to birth control and abortion. Human life, he said, 'is a creature of God, marked with his image and likeness, brought forth for the joy of the world'.
    Bethlehem, the birthplace of the prophet who founded what was to become the world' largest religious faith. Ignoring the watchful eye of Israeli security forces outside, pilgrims and priests celebrated High Mass in the manner almost unchanged for nearly two thousand year. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists flocked into the little town nestling in the Judean foothills, on the Israeli-occupied West Bank of the River Jordan. They included 25 Maronite Christians from Southern Lebanon. Israeli authorities made special arrangements for them to cross the border for the occasion. In the middle of one of the world's major trouble-spots, the day passed without violence.
    London -- and a quiet day as people stayed indoors. Among the few keeping a watch were Admiral Nelson, the inevitable pigeons, London 'bobbies', and the Household Cavalry. The city spent the day in peace and calm. It was unmarred by tragedy that struck elsewhere, like the aircraft crash in Thailand which killed t least 55 people, and the Red Sea shipping disaster in which 25 others were missing after a pilgrim boat sank.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1ITEET6X75NJRWHTFDJOB7KU2
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ITEET6X75NJRWHTFDJOB7KU2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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