• Short Summary

    CROSSING INTO ISRAEL FROM JORDAN, POPE PAUL TODAY (SUNDAY) BEGAN THE SECOND DAY OF HIS GREAT PEACE PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND.

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    CROSSING INTO ISRAEL FROM JORDAN, POPE PAUL TODAY (SUNDAY) BEGAN THE SECOND DAY OF HIS GREAT PEACE PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND. THE VISIT STARTED AT MEGGIDO IN A MEETING WITH ISRAELI LEADERS, INCLUDING PRESIDENT ZALMAN SHAZAR. IT TOOK PLACE ON A SUNLIT HILLTOP OVERLOOKING THE PLAIN OF ESDRAELON, THE ARMAGEDDON OF BIBLE TRADITION WHERE THE LAST BATTLE OF GOOD AND EVIL IS TO BE FOUGHT AT THE END OF TIME.

    PRESIDENT SHAZAR, SPEAKING IN HEBREW (SOF), GREETED THE POPE WITH AN ANCIENT HEBREW BLESSING: "BARUCH HABA -- BLESSED BE HE WHO COMETH." REFERRING TO THE PONTIFF'S PRAYERS FOR PEACE, BROTHERHOOD AND JUSTICE, THE ISRAELI PRESIDENT SAID HE BELIEVED THAT "THE VISION OF WORLD PEACE, TOWARDS WHICH GOOD MEN EVERYWHERE ARE STRIVING, WILL COME TRUE."
    THE POPE, REPLYING IN FRENCH (SOF), DESCRIBED HIMSELF AS A PILGRIM OF PEACE AND SAID HE WOULD NEVER FORGET THE ROLE OF "THE PEOPLE OF THE COVENANT" IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND AND OF CHRISTIANITY. HE ENDED BY REPEATING THE HEBREW "SHALOM, SHALOM" -- PEACE. THE POPE AND THE PRESIDENT THEN EXCHANGED GIFTS.

    DRIVING TO NAZARETH, WHERE CHRIST GREW UP AS A BOY AND WORKED AS A YOUNG MAN, THE PONTIFF WAS ONCE AGAIN GREETED BY LARGE CROWDS. BUT THERE WAS NO REPETITION OF THE WILD SCENES IN JERUSALEM YESTERDAY, WHEN HE WAS MOBBED AT THE DAMASCUS GATE AND ON THE VIA DOLOROSA.

    IN NAZARETH, POPE PAUL CELEBRATED MASS IN A TINY GROTTO BENEATH THE CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION. THE GROTTO, ONCE A CAVE, IS TRADITIONALLY KNOWN AS THE HOME OF THE HOLY FAMILY. THOUSANDS GATHERED OUTSIDE WATCHED THE CEREMONIES ON CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION. THEY HEARD THE POPE DESCRIBE NAZARETH AS THE SCHOOL OF INITIATION IN THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE LIFE OF CHRIST. "HERE," HE SAID, "ONE LEARNS TO OBSERVE, TO LISTEN, TO MEDITATE, TO PENETRATE INTO THE PROFOUND AND MYSTERIOUS MEANING OF THAT SIMPLE HUMBLE LOVELY APPARITION OF GOD AMONG MEN."
    (LEAVING THE CHURCH, THE PONTIFF VISITED SANCTUARIES ON THE SHORES OF THE SEA OF GALILEE, HEADED SOUTH TO JERUSALEM AND, RETURNING AGAIN TO THE JORDANIAN SIDE, HELD HIS HISTORIC MEETING WITH THE HEAD OF THE EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH, PATRIARCH ATHENAGORAS OF CONSTANTINOPLE -- THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN OVER 500 YEARS.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA70PWQXREUTJ93CXUA2C98ZJT1
    Media URN:
    VLVA70PWQXREUTJ93CXUA2C98ZJT1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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