• Short Summary

    NO OFFICIAL PROGRAMME HAS YET BEEN ISSUED FOR THE POPE'S HISTORIC VISIT TO THE HOLY LAND NEXT MONTH (4-6 JANUARY), BUT IT IS CLEAR FROM HIS SPEECH TO THE ECUMENICAL COUNCIL THE VISIT, HE WILL GO TO ISRAEL AND JORDAN.

  • Description

    NO OFFICIAL PROGRAMME HAS YET BEEN ISSUED FOR THE POPE'S HISTORIC VISIT TO THE HOLY LAND NEXT MONTH (4-6 JANUARY), BUT IT IS CLEAR FROM HIS SPEECH TO THE ECUMENICAL COUNCIL THE VISIT, HE WILL GO TO ISRAEL AND JORDAN.THESE TWO COUNTRIES SHARE THE HOLY PLACES OF CHRISTIANITY -- THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM, BETHLEHEM AND JERICHO ARE IN JORDAN; NAZARETH, THE SEA OF GALILEE AND MOUNT CARMEL ARE IN ISRAEL.

    WITHIN THE DIVIDED CITY OF JERUSALEM ITSELF, THE BASILICA OF THE HOLY SEPULCHURE, AND THE RESIDENCE OF THE LATIN-RITE PATRIARCH, WHERE THE POPE MIGHT STAY, ARE IN THE JORDANIAN SECTOR (OLD CITY).THE HOLY SEPULCHURE CONTAINS CHRIST'S TOMB AND CALVARY -- THE PLACE WHERE THE CROSS WAS STAKED INTO THE GROUND.THE CROSSING POINT BETWEEN FOR UNITED NATIONS STAFF AND THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS, IS OPENED ONLY ON CHRISTMAS DAY, TO LET PILGRIMS THROUGH.

    ON HIS PILGRIMAGE TO PRAY FOR PEACE, CHRISTIAN UNITY AND A RETURN TO THE ROOTS OF CHRISTIANITY, THE POPE IS BOUND TO GO TO BETHLEHEM -- BIRTHPLACE OF CHRIST.THERE HE WILL SEE THE MAGNIFICENT CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY -- A GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH BUILT IN 33 AD -- OVER THE SPOT, WHERE ACCORDING TO TRADITION, CHRIST WAS BORN.AND NOT FAR AWAY IN THE MILK GROTTO CHURCH, MAGNIFICENT MURALS DEPICTING MOSES AND THE FLIGHT FROM EGYPT.

    DETAILS OF THE PROGRAMME ARE AT PRESENT BEING WORKED OUT IN DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN VATICAN AUTHORITIES AND THE GOVERNMENTS OF ISRAEL AND JORDAN.THOSE AFFECTING JORDAN ARE EXPECTED TO BE FINALISED WHEN THE JORDAN AMBASSADOR TO THE VATICAN ARRIVES IN AMMAN NEXT WEEK.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4F82C1QGS3CNQE3KEJJHCAS2L
    Media URN:
    VLVA4F82C1QGS3CNQE3KEJJHCAS2L
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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