Pope Paul celebrated his first Easter Day Mass in the small parish church of a working-class suburb to the north of rome.
Pope Paul celebrated his first Easter Day Mass in the small parish church of a working-class suburb to the north of rome. The 73-year-old Pontiff drove in an open car from the Vatican to the little church of Santi Urbani de Lorenzo, at Prima Porta, some nine miles (13 km) from the centre of Rome.
Later, after celebrating the main Easter Mass in the Basilica of St Peter's, in the Vatican, the Pope appeared on the balcony overlooking the great square to give the traditional blessing "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the globe).
In his Easter message read from the balcony, Pope Paul said none of the evils of the modern world could prevent the establishment of a new and better human civilisation.
"Man's cause in not only not lost - it is secure", he said. This film, showing two aspects of the Pope's Easter activities, has natural sound throughout, and synchronised sound on the close-up shots. It was shot by Visnews Rome cameraman Pino di Giambattista.