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    An estimated 300-thousand people on sunday (15 October) attended a solemn Mass celebrated by american Cardinal John Krol at Auschwitz, among the gas chambers where millions were murdered by the Nazis during the second world war.

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    An estimated 300-thousand people on sunday (15 October) attended a solemn Mass celebrated by american Cardinal John Krol at Auschwitz, among the gas chambers where millions were murdered by the Nazis during the second world war.

    As the Cardinal and two other leading western prelates prayed, smoke billowed from an eternal torch that serves as a reminder that four million people - mainly Jews - were gassed and their bodies burned in the chambers and crematoria of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp.

    On a specially constructed High altar overlooking the camp, Cardinal Krol was accompanied by Cardinal John Wright of America, who is Prefect of The Vatican Congregation for Clergy, Cardinal Paolo Bertoli, Head of the Congregation of Rites in Rome, and Cardinal Stefan Wyszski, the Polish primate.

    The Mass marked the first anniversary of the Beatification of Father Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan monk who gave his life in 1941 to save a fellow prisoner. The man, former Polish army sergeant Franciszek Gajowniczek, appeared before the altar to read a prayer to Father Kolbe.

    The Mass was celebrated as part of a tour of Poland by the western Cardinals ... the largest group of western prelates to visit the country since the war.

    SYNOPSIS: This is Auschwitz extermination camp in Poland ... where the Nazis murdered four million people - most of them Jews - during the war
    On Sunday, beside the gas chambers and crematoria. American Cardinal John Krol and other western prelates came to lay wreaths and celebrate Mass in memory of the dead
    Some three hundred thousand people were there.

    The Mass marked the first anniversary of the Beatification of a Franciscan monk, Father Maximilian Kolbe, who gave his life to save another prisoner at Auschwitz. The prisoner, a former Polish army sergeant, read a prayer to Father Kolbe.

    As Cardinal Krol and the other prelates prayed, the crowd was swept by acrid smoke from the sternal torch ... a reminder of the horrors that took place at Auschwitz.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1SX6U9RRD52S1E21S9N6CZZMU
    Media URN:
    VLVA1SX6U9RRD52S1E21S9N6CZZMU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
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    N/A

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