• Short Summary

    Pope Paul donned a miner's white helmet on Christmas eve (December 24th) for a bumpy, two-mile (3 kilometre) jeep ride to an underground rock face to take the Christmas message to 3,000 miners building a rail tunnel under Monte Soratte, 30 miles (48 kilometres) north of Rome.

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    Pope Paul donned a miner's white helmet on Christmas eve (December 24th) for a bumpy, two-mile (3 kilometre) jeep ride to an underground rock face to take the Christmas message to 3,000 miners building a rail tunnel under Monte Soratte, 30 miles (48 kilometres) north of Rome.

    The 75-year-old Pontiff told the miners: "I came to render honour to you who are the heroes of work; to you who penetrate the depths of the earth and might think that you are forgotten."
    The Pope's visit marked the third time in his nine-year reign that he has broken tradition by going outside the Vatican on Christmas eve.

    Pope Paul celebrated the midnight mass outside the tunnel before thousands of worshippers. In his comments, he denounced war, violence and intrigue. The Pope said he was the bearer of "extraordinary news." "It is the news everybody knows, the news that today is Christmas."
    SYNOPSIS: For the third time in his nine-year reign, Pope Paul broke tradition by going outside the Vatican on Christmas eve. The Pope donned a protective helmet to take the Christmas massage to three thousand miners in a rail tunnel being built under Monte Soratte, thirty miles north of Rome. The Pontiff told the miners that "Christ was born in a stall, perhaps in a cave which was not much better or unlike this one."
    As he came out of the tunnel, the Pope was greeted by a large crowd waiting to receive his blessing.

    The Pope told the miners that he came to this site to "render honour to you who are the heroes of work; to you who penetrate the depths of the earth and might think that you are forgotten."
    The Pope celebrated a midnight mass with the miners in a vast shed made of wood and plastic sheeting. The Pontiff told the miners and their families that "there can and must arise a new way of being man." He said, "There must not be need to have recourse to war, violence or intrigue to restore better order in human living."
    In a mainly religious address, the Pope said he was the bearer of "extraordinary news." "It is the news which everybody knows, the news that today is Christmas", he said.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA42GFY2IETIJUHE4KQ9Z7SLNWD
    Media URN:
    VLVA42GFY2IETIJUHE4KQ9Z7SLNWD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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