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    PRESIDENT JOHNSON RETURNED TO WASHINGTON TODAY (SUNDAY) HIS FIVE-DAY ROUND-THE-WORLD TRIP THAT CULMINATED IN PEACE TALKS IN ROME WITH POPE PAUL.

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    PRESIDENT JOHNSON RETURNED TO WASHINGTON TODAY (SUNDAY) HIS FIVE-DAY ROUND-THE-WORLD TRIP THAT CULMINATED IN PEACE TALKS IN ROME WITH POPE PAUL. THE PRESIDENT MET THE POPE FOR AN HOUR. IN A STATEMENT AT THE VATICAN, MR JOHNSON SAID HE CALLED TO THE POPE'S ATTENTION "THE PLIGHT OF AMERICAN PRISONERS BEING HELD BY THE NORTH VIETNAMESE."
    WHILE PRESIDENT JOHNSON WAS IN THE VATICAN, ITALIAN ACTIVISTS MARCHED OUTSIDE, CARRYING REPLICA VIET CONG FLAGS AND PLACARDS DENOUNCING THE AMERICAN ROLE IN VIETNAM. THE DEMONSTRATORS CHANTED SLOGANS AND MARCHED IN FORMATION. EVENTUALLY, THEY WERE DISPERSED BY POLICE.

    THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT HAD FLOWN FOR 16 HOURS, FROM A TOUR OF THE AMERICAN WAR ZONE IN VIETNAM.

    IN ROME HE ALSO HAD TALKS WITH ITALIAN PRESIDENT GIUSEPPE SARAGAT.

    THE PRESIDENT'S ITALIAN VISIT MARKED THE END OF A DAY WHICH BEGAN AT DAWN WITH A SPEECH BEFORE AMERICAN AIRMEN AT KHARAT BASE IN THAILAND, CONTINUED WITH ANOTHER SECRET FLIGHT TO VIETNAM, WHERE HE AGAIN SPOKE TO TROOPS, AND TOOK HIM ON A JOURNEY TO KARACHI, WHERE HE HAD BRIEF TALKS WITH PRESIDENT AYUB KHAN.

    MR JOHNSON HAD NOTED THAT IT WAS "A MIRACLE OF THE AGE" THAT WITHIN FOUR AND A HALF DAYS HE HAD ???RC???NAVIGATED THE GLOBE, BUT ADDED THAT IT WAS" A TRAGEDY OF THE TIMES THAT SADNESS IS SWIFTER THAT FLIGHT". HE RECALLED THAT HE HAD "LISTENED IN GRIEF" IN AUSTRALIA TO A HYMN SUNG IN MEMORY OF HIS FRIEND HAROLD HOLT, AND IN VIETNAM HAD SEEN THE FACES OF YOUNG AMERICANS "WHO MUST SPEND A PART OF THEIR YOUTH IN BATTLE TO FIND A PEACE FOR US."

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA2KH8XY6A0DB3WNW5ETK26BTN
    Media URN:
    VLVAA2KH8XY6A0DB3WNW5ETK26BTN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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