Sixty thousand people were in St. Peter's Square on Sunday (5 October) to witness Pope?
Sixty thousand people were in St. Peter's Square on Sunday (5 October) to witness Pope Paul anoint fifty Holy Year pilgrims with Holy Oil. The pilgrims were among 100 sick and crippled people who lay on stretchers or sat in wheelchairs around the Pope's throne during the ceremony.
It was the first time Pope Paul has administered the sacrament of anointing the sick in St. Peter's Square. He also said Mass during his appearance.
Among the vast crowd there were several more thousand sick people attended by their families or nuns who had travelled to the Vatican to take part in the ceremony.
This year is a Holy Year for the world's 600 million Catholics. A Holy Year is decided on by the Pope and dates back to be thirteenth century. Catholics are asked to search their consciences and realise their responsibility to their fellow men. Many have travelled or will travel thousands of miles to Rome on pilgrimages.