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    POPE PAUL TODAY (MONDAY) ATTENDED ONE OF THE TRADITIONAL CEREMONIES TO COMMEMORATE THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION - FOLLOWED BY A HUGE CROWD, HE PRAYED AT THE FOOT OF THE STATUE OF THE VIRGIN MARY IN ROME'S PIAZZA DI SPAGNA (SPANISH SQUARE).

  • Description

    POPE PAUL TODAY (MONDAY) ATTENDED ONE OF THE TRADITIONAL CEREMONIES TO COMMEMORATE THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION - FOLLOWED BY A HUGE CROWD, HE PRAYED AT THE FOOT OF THE STATUE OF THE VIRGIN MARY IN ROME'S PIAZZA DI SPAGNA (SPANISH SQUARE).

    DECEMBER 8 HAS BEEN THE TRADITIONAL DATE FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THIS IMPORTANT ROMAN CATHOLIC FEAST SINCE 1854, WHEN POPE PLUS IX - PROMPTED BY A LARGE MAJORITY OF THE WORLD'S CATHOLIC BISHOPS - ISSUED THE PAPAL BULL "INEFFABILIS DEUS" IN WHICH IT WAS SOLEMNLY DECLARED THAT THE BIBLICAL DOCTRINE OF THE VIRGIN HAVING CONCEIVED JESUS CHRIST BY IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, WAS REVEALED BY GOD AND WAS HENCEFORTH TO BE BELIEVED IMPLICITY BY ALL THE FAITHFUL.

    AFTER THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAD BEEN FILING PAST THE MADONNA'S STATUE ALL DAY, LAYING WREATHS, THE POPE ARRIVED IN HIS OPEN LIMOUSINE AT DUSK. AFTER BEING GREETED, HE BLESSED THE CROWDS AND JOINED IN THE SINGING OF HYMNS AND LED THE INCANTATIONS. FINALLY, HE BLESSED THE STATUE AND THE CROWDS ONCE AGAIN BEFORE LEAVING TO THE CHEERS OF THE MULTITUDE GATHERED FOR THE CEREMONY.

    TODAY WAS ALSO THE CENTENARY OF THE FIRST VATICAN COUNCIL - AND AT ANOTHER CEREMONY TO CELEBRATE THE EVENT IN THE VATICAN, POPE PAUL SAID THAT THE WORLD TODAY WAS IN BETTER SPIRITUAL CONDITION TO APPRECIATE THE IMPORTANCE OF PAPAL PRIMACY AND INFALLIBILITY. HE ADDED THAT PEOPLE WERE NOW IN A BETTER POSITION TO NOTE HOW ROMAN CATHOLIC DOCTRINES HAD DEFIED THE WEAR AND TEAR OF TIME.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5JOPN4SH725D49PZJQS5WI235
    Media URN:
    VLVA5JOPN4SH725D49PZJQS5WI235
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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