• Short Summary

    POPE PAUL YESTERDAY, SATURDAY, CONSECRATED MONTE CASINO'S REBUILT ABBEY CHURCH AND PROCLAIMED SAINT BENEDICT, WHO FOUNDED THE ABBEY IN 529, PATRON SAINT OF ALL EUROPE.

  • Description

    POPE PAUL YESTERDAY, SATURDAY, CONSECRATED MONTE CASINO'S REBUILT ABBEY CHURCH AND PROCLAIMED SAINT BENEDICT, WHO FOUNDED THE ABBEY IN 529, PATRON SAINT OF ALL EUROPE.

    ABOUT 200 BISHOPS AND BENEDICTINE ABBOTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ATTENDED THE CEREMONY, AMONG THEM CARDINAL STEFAN WYSZYNSKI, PRIMATE OF POLAND.

    VIOLENT THUNDERSTORMS OVER ROME PREVENTED THE POPE FLYING TO THE ABBEY BY HELICOPTER FROM THE VATICAN GARDENS - IN HIS SECOND SUCH FLIGHT AS PONTIFF. HE CAME BY ROAD.

    AFTER CELEBRATING MASS THE POPE ADDRESSED THE CONGREGATION. HE SAID THAT THE VATICAN HAD ENDEAVOURED TO SAVE MONTE CASINO FROM DESTRUCTION. "WE DO NOT WANT NOW TO JUDGE THOSE WHO CAUSED IT. BUT WE STILL CANNOT BUT DEPLORE THAT CIVILISED MEN SHOULD HAVE HAD THE BOLDNESS TO MAKE SAINT BENEDICT'S TOMB AT TARGET OF MERCILESS VIOLENCE. AND WE CANNOT CONTAIN OUR JOY TO SEE TODAY THAT THE RUINS HAVE DISAPPEARED, THAT THE SACRED WALLS OF THIS BASILICA HAVE RISEN AGAIN...," HE SAID.

    MONTE CASINO ABBEY, SURROUNDED BY THE GRAVES OF ALLIED AND GERMAN SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN THE BITTER 1944 FIGHTING FOR POSSESSION OF ITS STRATEGIC HILL, HAS BEEN COMPLETELY REBUILT ALONG ITS ORIGINAL LINES.

    THE GERMANS HELD THE HEIGHTS FOR SEVEN MONTHS ALONG THEIR "GUSTAV LINE" AND BLOCKED THE ALLIED ADVANCE TO ROME.

    AFTER MONTHS OF BITTER FIGHTING, THE ALLIED HIGH COMMAND, CONVINCED THAT THE ABBEY ITSELF WAS HELD BY THE GERMANS, BOMBARDED THE ANCIENT CENTRE AND RAZED IT BY A HUGE AIR ATTACK ON FEBRUARY 15, 1944. THEY FINALLY TOOK MONTE CASINO HILL, WHERE THE GERMANS BURROWED INTO THE HILLSIDE, THREE MONTHS LATER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA539JDSYV7SR0BD4CVU38Z6L6Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA539JDSYV7SR0BD4CVU38Z6L6Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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