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    Pope John Paul the Second has made his first major trip outside the Vatican since his election some three weeks ago.

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    Pope John Paul the Second has made his first major trip outside the Vatican since his election some three weeks ago.

    SYNOPSIS: The Pope moved beyond the physical boundaries of his Holy See on Sunday (5 November) where he and his party flew first to the tomb of Saint francis of Assisi.

    The visit was the first of two made by the Pope to the tombs of Italian patron Saints. Later, he was to visit the tomb of Saint Catherine of Sienna in the Roman basilica of Saint Mary, near Minerva.

    The Pope had said before setting off that he was paying homage to Italy's patron saints to give thanks for the welcome he had received as the first non-Italian pope in four hundred and fifty-five years.

    At the Basilica of Saint Francis, some thirty thousand pilgrims had assembled for the papal visit - many of them peasants from the surrounding countryside.

    The Pope told those gathered there that he, too, had come as a pilgrim to the tomb of the man who founded the Franciscan Order. "I need the help of Saint Francis", he said.

    Before arriving in Assisi, Pope John Paul had told the crowd assembled in Saint Peter's square for his blessing that he hoped to be able to serve the land and its people who had welcomed him with such good will. He referred to his native city of Cracow, saying it was often described as the Rome of Poland. Coming from the Rome of Poland to the eternal city - the Rome of Romans and of Italy - he hoped as Bishop of Rome to be able to serve all under the protection of Italy's Patron Saints.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA88QAEH5LRJS3DKPBIN2U6QQCP
    Media URN:
    VLVA88QAEH5LRJS3DKPBIN2U6QQCP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/11/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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