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    Italy - an on Thursday (8 December) ceremonies in honour of the Roman Catholic feast of the Immaculate Conception provided a opportunity for Pope Paul to meet Rome's communist-backed Mayor Giulio Carlo Argan.

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    Italy - an on Thursday (8 December) ceremonies in honour of the Roman Catholic feast of the Immaculate Conception provided a opportunity for Pope Paul to meet Rome's communist-backed Mayor Giulio Carlo Argan.

    SYNOPSIS: The scene of the meeting was the Piazza di Spagna, a square near the Spanish steps in the centre of the capital, where, every year, a statue of the Virgin Mary is decorated with flowers.

    This year the Pope arrived looking well, despite being 80 and crippled with arthritis. On hand to greet him, wearing his official sash, was Rome's Mayor Giulio Carlo Argan, who, although not a member of the Communist Party, was elected on their lists two years ago. Meetings between the two are not common, though this meeting is not seen as being as significant as the one that took place on the same occasion last year. That was the first time they had met since the mayor's election.

    During the election campaign, Roman Catholics told by the Vatican not to vote for the Communists. But, despite this, the Communists emerged as Roman Rome's most popular political party. As well as being Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope is also Bishop of Rome.

    Recently however, he has spent more time on relations with communist eastern Europe than with the administration of Mayor Argan.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABQ400WJ1TA7YMNDH8SRN7Q10N
    Media URN:
    VLVABQ400WJ1TA7YMNDH8SRN7Q10N
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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