Two American Roman Catholic Prelates have joined the Hungarian faithful in celebrating Pope Paul's 80th birthday.
GV EXTERIOR OF Matthias Church.
SV Cardinals Krol and Lekai and Bishops arrive.
SV INTERIOR Church with Bishops seated.
SCU Miklos Imre, Under-Secretary of State, President of State Office for church affairs.
SV Congregation listening to Cardinal Krol speaking.
SV Cardinal Krol speaking in English.
SV Crowd listens to Krol's speech."
SV Cardinal Lekai listening to speaker also listening to Cardinal Bernardini.
SV Krol speaking (4 shots)
KROL: "The Holy Father is indeed a sign, a symbol and an instrument uniting men with God and uniting men with each other. We can see this in a special way. The unique Ministry of the Holy Father, the singular Ministry of the Vicar of Christ, the unduplicated Ministry of the universal shepherd of Christ's Church. We have seen how he is truly the one servant of all the servants of God. He confirms or strengthens his brothers in the faith by his world-wide teaching and his universal pastoral care which has touched and deepened all our lives.
In the name of Christ he brings us together as he has brought us together today to give witness to the unity we share in Christ under the spiritual direction of the successor of Saint Peter. The Pope has been instrumental in bringing us together here today to express our unity in Christ with him....and we pray for him as other men and women of other ages have prayed for their chief shepherd in this very church. We pray for Our Father Pope Paul. May the Lord preserve and sustain him. Make him blessed on this earth and deliver him not into the hands of his adversaries. Thank you"
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Background: Two American Roman Catholic Prelates have joined the Hungarian faithful in celebrating Pope Paul's 80th birthday. Cardinal John Krol, Archbishop of Philadelphia and Archbishop Joseph L. Bernardin of Cincinatti arranged their visit to Hungary in the light of improving relations between the Communist Government and the Catholic Church.
SYNOPSIS: On the Pope's birthday, the American visitors joined Hungarian church leaders at Budapest's Matthias Church. An indication of thawing relations between the Hungarian State and church was the presence of the Communist Under Secretary of State, Mr. Miklos Imre, who listened closely to Cardinal Krol's prayer for Pope Paul.