Pope John Paul the Second has held his first public audience at the Vatican. Eighteen?
Pope John Paul the Second has held his first public audience at the Vatican. Eighteen thousand pilgrims turned up to cheer him, and hear his first address.
SYNOPSIS: The smiling white-robed Pope first walked to St. Peter's Basilica to receive ten thousand pilgrims from Germany and Holland. He stopped frequently as he walked up the aisle, crossing from side to side to greet the pilgrims. John Paul the second is the first non-Italian Pope for more than four hundred and fifty years. But any doubts about now Italians felt about a Polish Pope were to be dispelled later in the day when he made his first trip outside Rome since his election ten days ago. he was greeted with great warmth at Castelgandolfo, the Papal summer Palace.
As well as the ten thousand pilgrims at the Basilica, a further eight thousand people were waiting to greet the Pope at the Vatican's Audience Hall. They included Italians, Americans, Britons, French, Canadians and Czechs. The Pope delivered his first Homily in German, before switching to Italian, French, English, and spanish. In his address, he recalled his predecessor John Paul the first, whose reign lasted just r\thirty-three days. But his main theme was for men to use prudence in their daily lives.