Pope Paul blessed a large crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City?
Pope Paul blessed a large crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City today (Sunday) to mark the centenary of the unification of Italy. Ceremonial Troops of the Bersaglieri celebrated the anniversary with a parade at Porta Pia, the point in the wall around Rome where nationalist forces entered the city in 1970.
In a letter to the Italian President, Guiseppi Saragat, announced on Saturday night, the Pope wished the Italian State and people social and moral progress, peace and prosperity. He also said the Vatican is ready to revise the 41-year-old Lateran agreement between the Italian State and the Vatican which formalised the ??? fall from temporal power.
Highlight of Sunday's celebrations was a parade by members of the crack Bersaglieri troops who belong to the regiment which entered the city one hundred years before. Cardinal Dell'acqua blessed members of the regiment and bands played as squads of soldiers and banner carrying vehicles passed before a large crowd.
SYNOPSIS: Pope Paul addressed crowds gathered in St Peter's Square on Sunday to celebrate the centenary of the Unification of Italy.
In a letter to the Italian President Guiseppe Saragat, announced earlier, the Pope wished the Italian State and people social and moral progress, peace and prosperity. He also said the Vatican is ready to revise the 41-year-old Lateran Agreements with the State which formalised the papacy's fall from temporal power.
In the city of Rome itself, Cardinal Dell'acqua greeted members and veterans of the Bersaglieri regiment. The regiment entered the city one hundred years ago to unify Italy. this ceremony took place at the point in the wall around the city where the historic fighting took place.
Members of the present-day regiment then parade before a large crowd.
Ceremonial banners featured in the parade to mark 100 years of Rome as capital of a unifield Italy.