The ancient walls of the Colosseum and rows of modern motor cars present a striking contrast for one of the city's more unusual religious events.
Top V.Pan. Cars, fire engines etc., lined up at Coliseum.
S.V. Showing firemen lined up.
L.V. Cars lined up.
L.V.Pan down Church of Saint Francesca.
C.U. Plaque on basilica of Santa Maria Nova.
C.U. Banner-pan down to procession.
C.U. Bishop Luigi Traglia in procession.
G.T.V. Cars lined up in front of coliseum.
G.V. Showing Bishop and people in foreground.
Angle V. Bishop conducting Benediction.
S.T.V. Cars and people in front of Coliseum.
Angle V. Bishop blessing.
S.V. People making"sign of cross"
C.U. Bishop blessing.
G.V. Showing firemen going up on extending ladders.
Nearer V. Showing firemen on extending ladders.
S.V. Priest blessing cars.
C.U. Priest passing camera.
S.V. Priest blessing car.
Top V. Cars lined up after being blessed in front of Coliseum
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Background: The ancient walls of the Colosseum and rows of modern motor cars present a striking contrast for one of the city's more unusual religious events. Rome's patron saint of motorists is Saint Francesca and a day is set aside for cars, trucks and motor-cycles to receive their benediction from the vice-regent of Rome, Bishop Luigi Traglia. Large limousines, small runabouts - all receive the blessing; a blessing which such surely carry the prayer that they will serve man's comforts and needs and not main or destroy life on the busy roads of modern Rome.