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    Pope Paul began the Roman Catholic Church's traditional Easter celebrations on Thursday (15 April) by washing the feet of twelve young priests.

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    Pope Paul began the Roman Catholic Church's traditional Easter celebrations on Thursday (15 April) by washing the feet of twelve young priests.

    After celebrating mass as Bishop of Rome at the Basilica of St. John in Lateran, the 78-year-old pontiff washed the feet of twelve student priests to commemorate Christ's action in washing the feet of his 12 disciples before the last supper.

    The students, picked from seminary colleges in Rome, included an Indian, a Lebanese, a Syrian and members of oriental catholic rites.

    According to the Vatican, the choice was made to emphasise the theme of Christian unity as was the chanting of the liturgy in both Latin and Greek.

    Nine archbishops, several bishops and members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, attended the ceremony which ended with the Pope blessing a large crowd outside the Basilica.

    In his address, the Pope asked whether Easter was not the time "to drop all reserves of egotism in favour of fraternal reconciliation, mutual forgiveness and the unity of humble love".

    SYNOPSIS: The Basilica of St. John in Lateran where Pope Paul, as Bishop of Rome, said mass to begin the Roman Catholic Church's traditional Easter celebrations. Nine archbishops, several bishops and members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, attended the mass.

    In an address to the large crowd outside the Basilica, the Pope asked whether Easter was not the time to drop all reserves of egotism. He called on the World to drop these reserves in favour of fraternal reconciliation, mutual forgiveness and the unity of humble love.

    After celebrating mass, the 78-year-old pontiff washed the feet of twelve student priests to commemorate Christ's action in washing the feet of his twelve disciples before the last supper. The students, picked from seminary colleges in Rome, included an Indian, a Lebanese, Syrian and members of oriental catholic rites. According to the Vatican, the choice was made to emphasise the theme of Christian unity.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6YXX79DA11KQ1OQRWQD63F0KY
    Media URN:
    VLVA6YXX79DA11KQ1OQRWQD63F0KY
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
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    N/A

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