• Short Summary

    MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A MILLION PEOPLE WATCHED POPE PAUL CONSECRATE SIX NEW BISHOPS FROM FIVE CONTINENTS IN BOMBAY YESTERDAY (THURSDAY).

  • Description

    MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A MILLION PEOPLE WATCHED POPE PAUL CONSECRATE SIX NEW BISHOPS FROM FIVE CONTINENTS IN BOMBAY YESTERDAY (THURSDAY). THIS SPLENDID AND MOST SOLEMN CEREMONY OF THE 35TH INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS TOOK PLACE AT THE OVAL, A LARGE SPACE IN THE CITY. THE BISHOPS CAME FROM INDIA, AUSTRALIA, ECUADOR, MADAGASCAR, TOGO AND THE CONGO.

    BEFORE THE CEREMONY, THE POPE DROVE SLOWLY ROUND THE GROUNDS, STANDING WITH HIS ARMS RAISED IN GREETING.HIS SPECIAL JEEP WAS DECORATED IN THE PAPAL COLOURS OF YELLOW AND WHITE.

    THE POPE GAVE THE BISHOPS THEIR CROZIERS, RINGS AND GOSPELS AS SYMBOLS OF OFFICE, AND PLACED THEIR MITRES ON THEIR HEADS. THE CEREMONY MARKED ST. XAVIER'S DAY WHICH COMMEMORATES THE JESUIT KNOWN AS "THE APOSTLE OF THE EAST". HIS BODY LIES AT GOA, SOUTH OF BOMBAY, WHERE HE FIRST LANDED IN 1542. HE DIED 10 YEARS LATER ON AN ISLAND OFF CANTON, AWAITING ENTRY TO CHINA.

    POPE PAUL BEGAN THE DAY BY GIVING AUDIENCE TO THE MAYOR OF BOMBAY, DR. DIVGI, AND OTHER CIVIC OFFICIALS. HE THEN MEET RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF THE HINDUS, MUSLIMS AND PARSEES. ONE OF THE MUSLIM LEADERS PRESENTED THE POPE WITH A BEAUTIFULLY BOUND EDITION OF THE HOLY KORAN, THE MUSLIM GOSPEL.

    AMONG OTHER PRESENTS THE POPE RECEIVED WERE A CASKET MADE OF KASHMIRI WALNUT WOOD CONTAINING CHOICE BRANDS OF DARJEELING TEA, AND A DECORATED SPEAR FROM NAGALAND.

    LATER, THE POPE CONFERRED ON PRESIDENT RADHAKRISHNAN OF INDIA THE ORDER OF THE GOLDEN SPUR, THE HIGHEST HONOUR THE VATICAN CAN AWARD HEADS OF STATE. A SILVER-FRAMED PICTURED OF THE POPE, TWO SILVER CANDLESTICKS AND COPIES OF THE BIBLE WERE GIVEN TO THE PRESIDENT.

    DR RADHAKRISHNAN PRESENTED THE POPE WITH TEN VOLUMES OF HIS OWN WORKS ON PHILOSOPHY, AN IVORY MISSAL STAND AND AN INLAID BRONZE LAMP.

    THE POPE HAD TWO MEETINGS WITH DR. RADHAKRISHNAN, WHO FLEW FROM DELHI TO SEE HIM. THE POPE CALLED ON THE PRESIDENT IN THE MORNING AND THE PRESIDENT LATER RETURNED THE CALL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8IZ5O1XKXILGC5RWU7ZSE9WML
    Media URN:
    VLVA8IZ5O1XKXILGC5RWU7ZSE9WML
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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