• Short Summary

    POPE PAUL CONSECRATED THE REBUILT BASILICA OF THE WAR-DESTROYED BENEDICTINE ABBEY AT MONTE CASINO TODAY (SATURDAY).

  • Description

    POPE PAUL CONSECRATED THE REBUILT BASILICA OF THE WAR-DESTROYED BENEDICTINE ABBEY AT MONTE CASINO TODAY (SATURDAY). HE BITTERLY CRITICISED THOSE WHO BOMBARDED THE GREAT MONASTERY INTO RUIN DURING AN AIR RAID IN FEBRUARY 1944.

    AN ALL-NIGHT THUNDERSTORM FOLLOWED BY HEAVY RAIN CANCELLED THE POPE'S PLANS TO FLY TO THE 80-MILE DISTANT MONASTERY. IN THE COLOURFUL CEREMONIES, THE POPE PROCLAIMED ST. BENEDICT PROTECTOR OF EUROPE, CALLING HIM "MESSENGER OF PEACE, REALISER OF UNION." PILGRIMS CROWDED THE MONASTERY TO WATCH HIS HOLINESS BLESS THE CHURCH BEFORE CELEBRATING THE FIRST MASS.

    GERMAN TROOPS OCCUPIED MONTE CASINO AND MADE IT THE KEY POINT OF THE GUSTAV LINE AND LAST OBSTACLE BEFORE ROME. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS OF BOTH SIDES DIED IN THE WEEKS OF BITTER FIGHTING CENTRED AROUND THE MONASTERY.

    POPE PAUL SAID THAT HIS PREDECESSOR, POPE PIUS XII DID ALL HE COULD TO SAVE THE ABBEY BUT "THE UNARMED CHAMPION OF FAITH AND CIVILISATION WAS NOT LISTENED TO. MONTE CASINO WAS DESTROYED...ONE OF THE SADDEST EPISODES OF WAR HAD BEEN ACCOMPLISHED." HE ADDED: "LET MONTE CASINO SYMBOLICALLY BE THE EPILOGUE OF WAR"

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3IYSTC9E95C4Q94DVVJHKYQ44
    Media URN:
    VLVA3IYSTC9E95C4Q94DVVJHKYQ44
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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