• Short Summary

    SWARMING, ENTHUSIASTIC CROWDS OF ABOUT TWO MILLION, FAR LARGER THAN BOMBAY EVER EXPECTED, GREETED POPE PAUL YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (WEDNESDAY) WHEN HE BEGAN HIS HISTORIC VISIT TO INDIA.

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    SWARMING, ENTHUSIASTIC CROWDS OF ABOUT TWO MILLION, FAR LARGER THAN BOMBAY EVER EXPECTED, GREETED POPE PAUL YESTERDAY AFTERNOON (WEDNESDAY) WHEN HE BEGAN HIS HISTORIC VISIT TO INDIA.

    AS HE EMERGED FROM THE AIRCRAFT AT SANTA CRUZ AIRPORT THE POPE RAISED BOTH HANDS IN BLESSING ON THE CHEERING CROWD. HE JOINED HANDS IN THE TRADITIONAL INDIAN WAY AND GAVE THE INDIAN GREETING "NAMASTE" TO HIS WELCOMERS. HE WAS GARLANDED WITH RED AND WHITE ROSES.

    THE POPE WAS WELCOMED AT THE AIRPORT BY VICE PRESIDENT ZAKIR HUSSAIN, A MOSLEM, AND THE PRIME MINISTER, MR. LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI, A HINDU. THE PONTIFF'S THREE-DAY PILGRIMAGE TO BOMBAY IS SEEN AS SHOWING HIS DESIRE TO STRESS THAT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IS UNIVERSAL NOT EUROPEAN.

    POPE PAUL SAID SLOWLY N EXCELLENT ENGLISH: "WE COME AS A PILGRIM -- A PILGRIM OF PEACE, OF JOY, OF SERENITY AND LOVE." HE HAD FLOWN 400 MILES (6,500 KILOMETRES) TO ATTEND THE 38TH INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS IN THE CITY.

    POLICE PROTECTED THE POPE AND FOUGHT TO CLEAR A WAY FOR HIS MOTORCADE THROUGH THE CROWDS AT THE AIRPORT. VICE PRESIDENT HUSSAIN AND CARDINAL GRACIAS, ARCHBISHOP OF BOMBAY, ACCOMPANIED HIM IN THE CAR. CROWDS MASSED ALONG THE ROUTE AS THEY DROVE 16 MILES THROUGH BOMBAY STREETS TO A VAST SPACE IN THE CITY CENTRE, TURNED INTO AN OPEN AIR CATHEDRAL FOR THE OCCASION.

    THERE, HE WALKED UP THE RED CARPET TO THE SOARING MAIN ALTAR WHILE THE GREAT CONGREGATION SANG "GOD BLESS THE POPE". HE IMPARTED HIS SPECIAL APOSTOLIC BLESSING TO THE PILGRIMS WHO HAVE COME, LIKE HIMSELF, TO THE CONGRESS.

    (THE POPE TODAY RECEIVED CATHOLIC AND NON-CHRISTIAN GROUPS IN BOMBAY AND TOLD THEM:"WE MUST COME TOGETHER WITH OUR HEARTS, IN MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING, ESTEEM AND LOVE." THE GOVERNOR OF THE PUNJAB, HAFIZ MOHAMMED IBRAHIM, PRESENTED HIM WITH THE KORAN, THE MOSLEM HOLY BOOK. A GROUP OF CATHOLICS FROM NAGALAND GAVE HIM A NAGA SPEAR.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA93EQ756FYEB2I88R0VHDMHQSK
    Media URN:
    VLVA93EQ756FYEB2I88R0VHDMHQSK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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