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    Pope John Paul the Second wished the world a happy Easter on Sunday (15 April) and addressed an appeal for universal peace to three-hundred thousand people who spilled into the streets around St.

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    Pope John Paul the Second wished the world a happy Easter on Sunday (15 April) and addressed an appeal for universal peace to three-hundred thousand people who spilled into the streets around St. Peter's Square. The Polish-born Pontiff, celebrating his first Easter as leader of the world's seven-hundred million Roman Catholics, described this day -- which marks the resurrection of Christ -- as one of universal hope.

    SYNOPSIS: The Pope mentioned the plight of the world's starving children, as if acknowledging several thousand peace marchers who had converged on St. Peter's to draw attention to the converged on St. Peter's to draw attention to the problem in this Year of the Chile. The protest march was organised by Italy's small Radical Party, and the marchers said they were protesting at the world's annual three-hundred and eighty billion dollars spending on arms, while each year, some seventeen million children starve to death.

    The vast crowd, far larger than in previous years, reflected the Pope's wide popularity.

    The Pope read his traditional Easter Message from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. He wished listeners in Eastern Europe a happy Easter in fourteen Slavic languages.

    In addition to these tongues, the Pope also sent greetings in Hindi, Japanese, Arabic, Ethiopian and Swahili. The crowd cheered loudly when he added an Easter greeting in Chinese.

    Finally, the Pope delivered his blessing "Urbi et Orbi" to the City of Rome and the World. He expressed his hope for peace to all peoples everywhere.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9JR8Z6VI7CICDCD5OSC0XGQWL
    Media URN:
    VLVA9JR8Z6VI7CICDCD5OSC0XGQWL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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