• Short Summary

    MONTE CASSINO MONASTERY FOUNDED NEARLY 1500 YEARS AGO, WAS DESTROYED DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR.?

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    MONTE CASSINO MONASTERY FOUNDED NEARLY 1500 YEARS AGO, WAS DESTROYED DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. IT HAS BEEN REBUILT AND POPE PAUL WILL CONSECRATE THE NEW CHURCH ON OCTOBER 24TH.

    HIS HOLINESS WILL FLY BY HELICOPTER TO THE BENEDICTINE ABBEY WHICH WAS RUINED BY SHELLFIRE AS ALLIED FORCES FOUGHT THEIR WAY UP THE ITALIAN PENINSULA IN 1944. THE POPE IS EXPECTED TO LEAVE THE VATICAN EARLY IN THE MORNING AND RETURN AFTER THE SERVICE BY ABOUT MIDDAY.

    THE MONASTERY, ESTABLISHED BY THE ST BENEDICT AFTER HIS ARRIVAL FROM SUBIACO IN 529 AD, LATER BECAME THE METROPOLIS OF WESTERN MONACHISM. FILM SHOWS THE ACTUAL BOMBING OF THE HISTORIC BUILDING WHICH AT THE TIME WAS A FORTRESS HELD BY THE GERMAN TROOPS.

    ON FEBRUARY 15TH BOMBING RAIDS SEVERELY DAMAGED THE ABBEY; THESE RAIDS WERE FOLLOWED BY HEAVY SHELLFIRE. FOR TWO MONTHS AN INCREDIBLE BATTLE CENTRED AROUND THE HILLTOP ABBEY, THE CLIMAX CAME WITH A FOUR-DAY NON-STOP ACTION WHICH REDUCED TO RUBBLE THE STRATEGICALLY PLACED BUILDING.

    TEN MONTHS LATER, IN MARCH 1945, A FOUNDATION STONE WAS LAID FOR A NEW BENEDICTINE MONASTERY. SINCE THEN A FINE BUILDING, WORTHY OF ITS PREDECESSOR, HAS RISEN ON THE SITE WHERE MEN WORSHIPPED THE CHRISTIAN GOD FOR 1500 YEARS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7CHE77SJMOYRHMH9IILRZN937
    Media URN:
    VLVA7CHE77SJMOYRHMH9IILRZN937
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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