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    POPE PAUL TODAY (FRIDAY) CONDUCTED THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS MASS IN ST. PETER'S CATHEDRAL, ROME, WHILE?

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    POPE PAUL TODAY (FRIDAY) CONDUCTED THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS MASS IN ST. PETER'S CATHEDRAL, ROME, WHILE OUTSIDE A CROWD OF MANY THOUSAND HUDDLED UNDER UMBRELLAS IN THE RAIN WAITING TO RECEIVE THE PAPAL BLESSING FROM THE BALCONY OVERLOOKING ST. PETER'S SQUARE.

    THE POPE'S SERMON WAS A SHORT ONE, BUT IN IT HE SPOKE OF THE SADNESS OF CHRISTMAS IN THE FACE OF LIFE'S TRIALS. "WE THINK THAT ALL THOSE WHO LET THEMSELVES BE PERMEATED BY THE SWEET AND PENETRATING SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS WILL NOTICE IN THEIR HEARTS A NOTE OF SADNESS, AS IF THE GENTLE ENCHANTMENT OF THIS PARTICULAR DAY WERE ABOUT TO EVAPORATE LIKE AN ILLUSORY AND TRANSITORY DREAM," POPE PAUL SAID. BUT HE OFFERED TWO THOUGHTS TO THOSE WHO WISHED TO ENJOY THE REAL GOODNESS OF CHRISTMAS. FIRSTLY, CHRISTMAS MUST BE CELEBRATED IN A SPIRIT OF INTERNAL HUMILITY. SECONDLY, CHRISTMAS WAS A FEAST WHICH MARKED THE ADORATION OF THE BIRTH OF A CHILD, AND IT WAS NECESSARY TO RETURN TO THE SIMPLICITY AND INNOCENCE OF CHILDREN.

    AFTER THE MASS - THE POPE'S THIRD OF THE DAY - POPE PAUL DONNED A BISHOP'S MITRE AND, FROM THE BALCONY OVERLOOKING ST. PETER'S SQUARE HE GAVE THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BLESSING "URBI ET ORBI" (TO THE CITY AND TO THE WORLD) TO THOSE STANDING BELOW. HE MADE SPECIAL MENTION IN HIS BLESSING OF THOSE DRIVING MOTOR CARS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAXZVS8HHFRGL9QBAX5L7EQFCO
    Media URN:
    VLVAAXZVS8HHFRGL9QBAX5L7EQFCO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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