• Short Summary

    AT THE TIME OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST, EGYPT WAS UNDER ROMAN RULE WHEN HERON ORDERED THE SLAYING OF THE CHILDREN, THE HOLY FAMILY FLED INTO EGYPT.

  • Description

    AT THE TIME OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST, EGYPT WAS UNDER ROMAN RULE WHEN HERON ORDERED THE SLAYING OF THE CHILDREN, THE HOLY FAMILY FLED INTO EGYPT. VERY LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT THE SOJOURN IN THE LAND BUT ONE OF THE PLACES WHICH LEGEND SUPPOSES THEM TO HAVE ???ESTED IS A TREE IN MATARIA, TO THE NORTHEAST OF CAIRO. AT THE TIME OF THE VISIT, AND, INDEED, UNTIL RECENT TIMES, THE TREE WAS IN THE ??? OF FIELDS. TODAY IT IS A DEAD STUMP SURROUNDED BY A GRUBBY WAIL WITH A GATE MADE OF FLATTENED PETROLEUM TINS. THIS TREE WAS ???ANTED IN 1672 FROM A SHOOT OF ONE THAT HAD BEEN A PLACE OF PILGRIMAGE IN THE 14TH CENTURY. IN THE CHIDE OF THE TREE SAID TO HAVE STOOD THERE LEANLY 2,000 YEARS AGO. IN THOSE DAYS, TOO, GARDENS OF BALSAM BUSHES SURROUNDED THE SPOT.

    A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE TREE IS A ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY IN EXILE IN EGYPT WITH VERY ATTRACTIVE MURALS AND A LOVELY MARBLE FAMILY GROUP.

    AT THE TIME OF THE FAMILY VISIT EGYPT WAS BECOMING A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY. IN 395 AD THE BYZANTINE RULE WAS ESTABLISHED AND THE COUNTRY THEN BECAME TOTALLY CHRISTIAN. (CHRISTIANITY WAS BROUGHT INTO EGYPT BY ST. MARK AND THE COPTS WHO FOLLOWED HIM MADE THE EARLIEST TRANSLATIONS OF THE BIBLE IN THE 4TH CENTURY AD) THEY ARE IN PACT THE OLDEST EGYPTIAN RAGE STILL IN EXISTENCE TODAY MR. OLDER THEN THE MOSLEM ARABS.

    TODAY CHRISTIANITY TAKES A BACK SEAT IS THE COUNTRY ALTHOUGH THERE IS COMPLETE FREEDOM OR WORSHIP. FEW TREES AND ORNAMENTS ARE TO BE FOUND AND AS THE IMPORTATION OF LUXURY GOODS IS FORBIDDEN THESE ARE OF NECESSITY SIMPLE AND EASY TO PRODUCE IN FACTORIES HERE. HOWEVER THE TREES AND BAUBLES ARE A PRETTY CHEERY SIGHT IN THE SHEETS OF THE HEAVILY EUROPEAN POPULATED AREAS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAWR69TJY9J2WG66PV9QVKPT8O
    Media URN:
    VLVAAWR69TJY9J2WG66PV9QVKPT8O
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:08:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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