• Short Summary

    Touts, pickpockets and racketeers, vie with legitimate tourist businesses for rakeoffs from the free spending pilgrims visiting the Vatican during Holy Year.

  • Description

    Touts, pickpockets and racketeers, vie with legitimate tourist businesses for rakeoffs from the free spending pilgrims visiting the Vatican during Holy Year.

    So far two million seen hundred thousand pilgrims have visited the Holy See and twice as many are expected before the end of the year.

    Every day between 300 and 400 coaches bring pilgrims to St. Peter's Square and the inside of St. Peter's church looks like the inside of a large railway station at the start of a bank holiday.

    The Vatican has arranged a "package" tour, which includes a visit to Florence, and a reasonably close look at the Pope. It costs 100 pounds sterling. Gone are the days when pilgrims had to pray every day for two weeks, confess and take communion and give money to the poor. Modern pilgrims are required to attend only one of the church ceremonies and the rest of their time is devoted to sightseeing.

    Pickpockets claim about 10,000 victims a day and touts are doing a roaring trade selling bogus bricks, supposedly from the Jubilee gates, rosary beads, supposedly blessed by the Pope, and Papal blessings, sold under the counter for 30,000 lire (1.4 pounds sterling).

    Nuns are selling religious souveniers, like papal pictures, beads, medallions and impressions of the Pope on ashtrays, key rings, plates and even barometers.

    SYNOPSIS: These tee-shirts are one of hundred of lines geared to attract tourist money during the most commercial Vatican Holy Year ever. Every day between three and four hundred coaches bring pilgrims to Saint Peter's Square and the inside of the church looks like a large railway station at the start of a bank holiday.

    So far two million seven hundred thousand pilgrims have visited the Vatican and twice as many are expected before the end of the year. Pickpockets claim about ten thousand victims a day and racketeers are doing a roaring trade selling bogus bricks, supposedly among the originals from the Jubilee Gates, rosary beads, supposedly blessed by the Pope, and Papal blessings go under the counter for thirty thousand lire (20 pounds sterling).

    Gone are the days when Holy Year pilgrims had to pray, commune and confess every day and give money to the poor. Modern pilgrims have to attend only one of the church ceremonies, and the rest of their time is devoted to sightseeing.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA1B6P11NDU4FDWF4K28JI2I2H
    Media URN:
    VLVAA1B6P11NDU4FDWF4K28JI2I2H
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/08/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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