His Holiness Pope Paul VI, a pilgrim to the Eucharistic Congress, visited the famous Marian Shrine, Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount one of the most ancient and best known shrines in Bombay.
His Holiness Pope Paul VI, a pilgrim to the Eucharistic Congress, visited the famous Marian Shrine, Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount one of the most ancient and best known shrines in Bombay. The Supreme Pontiff presented a polished white marble altar stone to Bishop Longinus Pererra of Bombay, who received him, to mark the occasion of his visit to the shrine. After blessing and addressing the gathering he left for a brief visit to a Diocesan Seminary in a nearby suburb, prior to his departure.
As His Holiness arrived at the airport ready to say farewell to India, surging crowds closing upon him barely permitted him to reach the rostrum. Standing by his side on the rostrum was Mr. T. T. Krishnamachari, India's Finance Minister and senior cabinet member who had specially flown from Delhi to see the Pope ??? in absence of the Prime Minister, who is away on tour to Europe. In this farewell address the Supreme Pontiff expressed complete satisfaction of his stay in the city and the hospitality extended to him. He implored the Catholics of India to be loyal and true to the cause of the country. At the end of his speech His Holiness bowed a graceful Namaste in the tradition of Indian people. After the speech His Holiness walked to the plane warmly taking leave of the people surrounding him reluctant to let him go. Amidst thunderous cheers the Supreme Pontiff His Holiness Pope Paul VI got into the plane and left Bombay full of warm and affectionate memories.