Pope Paul VI celebrated a triumphant mass for peace in New York City's Yankee Stadium Monday evening (4 October).
Pope arrives at the stadium and drives around the track; pope blesses crowd and prays; pope celebrates mass and gives communion to 12 children
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Background: Pope Paul VI celebrated a triumphant mass for peace in New York City's Yankee Stadium Monday evening (4 October). The stadium was jammed with a record crowd estimated at 90 thousand. Observers said it was the biggest crowd the stadium had ever held.
When the pope arrived at the stadium, he drove around a cinder track while the huge crowd cheered itself hoarse. Flashbulbs popped and flared in the darkness. Then the pontiff went to an altar erected on the field and celebrated mass. He received the bread and wine from a group of children representing all the parts of the world. Later he gave them communion.
The children were drawn largely from youngsters whose parents are employed at the United Nations. They represented the United States, South America, Africa, Europe and Asia.
Continually throughout the low mass, the pontiff prayed for peace on earth.