• Short Summary

    POPE PAUL, IN HIS FIRST CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO THE WORLD, TONIGHT (MONDAY) CALLED FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY WITH THE WORDS: "MAY THERE BE ONE FOLD AND ONE SHEPHERD." HE ALSO MADE THE FIRST PUBLIC REFERENCE TO HIS NEW YEAR PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND SINCE ANNOUNCING THIS ON DECEMBER 4.

    "THIS", SAID THE POPE, "WILL BE A JOURNEY OF SEARCH AND OF HOPE: A SEARCH FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARE FOR US SONS AND BROTHERS IN CHRIST.

  • Description

    POPE PAUL, IN HIS FIRST CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO THE WORLD, TONIGHT (MONDAY) CALLED FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY WITH THE WORDS: "MAY THERE BE ONE FOLD AND ONE SHEPHERD." HE ALSO MADE THE FIRST PUBLIC REFERENCE TO HIS NEW YEAR PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND SINCE ANNOUNCING THIS ON DECEMBER 4.

    "THIS", SAID THE POPE, "WILL BE A JOURNEY OF SEARCH AND OF HOPE: A SEARCH FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARE FOR US SONS AND BROTHERS IN CHRIST. IN THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE GOSPELS, EVOKED BY THIS LAND OF BENEDICTION, HOW CAN WE NOT ASK OURSELVES 'WHERE IS THE FULL FLOCK OF CHRIST? WHERE ARE THE LAMBS AND THE SHEEP OF HIS FOLD? ARE THEY ALL HERE? WHICH ONES ARE MISSING?"
    THE POPE ALSO MADE AN APPEAL FOR ACTION TO HELP THE WORLD'S HUNGRY. HE SAID CHRISTMAS GOOD WISHES SHOULD BE RELATED PARTICULARLY TO THE "PRESSING NEEDS OF PEOPLE: THE FIRST IS HUNGER... IT HAS NOW BEEN SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN TO US THAT MORE THAN HALF THE HUMAN RACE HAS NOT ENOUGH FOOD."
    "ENTIRE GENERATIONS OF CHILDREN EVEN TODAY ARE DYING OR SUFFERING BECAUSE OF INDESCRIBABLE POVERTY. UNLESS THIS HEART-RENDING SITUATION IS RELIEVED BY OPPORTUNE REMEDIES, WE FORESEE THAT IT WILL GROW WORSE, NOT BETTER. HUNGER CAN BECOME A SUBVERSIVE FORCE WITH INCALCULABLE RESULTS."
    POPE PAUL SAID: "PEACE IN THE PRESENT TIME IS BASED MORE ON FEAR THAN ON FRIENDSHIP. IT IS MAINTAINED MORE BY TERROR OF DEADLY WEAPONS THAN BY MUTUAL HARMONY AND FAITH AMONG PEOPLES. AND IF TOMORROW PEACE WERE TO BE BROKEN - WHICH GOD FORBID - ALL HUMANITY COULD BE DESTROYED."
    "HOW CAN WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS WITH SERENITY WHEN SUCH A THREAT HANGS OVER THE WORLD? THEREFORE WE URGENTLY BESEECH ALL MEN OF GOODWILL TO CONSIDER AS FUNDAMENTAL THE PROBLEM OF PEACE."
    MEN, SAID THE POPE, WERE NOT AT PEACE WITH EACH OTHER BECAUSE THEY LACKED UNITY IN THEIR PRINCIPLES, IDEAS AND VIEWS OF LIFE. THE RELIGIOUS LINK WAS THE MOST SOLID AND HOPEFUL BASIS FOR UNITY BETWEEN MEN AND SO "THIS IS THE GREETING WE SEND OUT WITH THE PEALING OF THE CHRISTMAS BELLS."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8EICGALLEVVCS4SXRGRINT2EC
    Media URN:
    VLVA8EICGALLEVVCS4SXRGRINT2EC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:11:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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