Pope Paul, making the first Papal visit to Venice for 172 years on saturday (September 16), appealed for the preservation of the crumbling, sinking lagoon city.
SV Pope paul in motor boat down canal followed by other small boats
SV Pope waving to crowd on bank (3 shots)
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SV Crowd at landing stage PAN TO Pope alighting and blessing crowd (2 shots)
GTV Crowd in St. Mark's Square
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POPE PAUL TRAVELLING THROUGH VENITIAN CANALS IN BOAT ESCORTED BY LAUNCHES AND GONDOLAS: ADDRESSING CROWDS IN ST. MARK'S SQUARE.
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Background: Pope Paul, making the first Papal visit to Venice for 172 years on saturday (September 16), appealed for the preservation of the crumbling, sinking lagoon city. Speaking to a crowd in St. Mark's Square after a boat journey through the famous canals, recalled earlier private visits to the city and said it 'must not only survive the incursions of the sea, Venice must live'.
His visit to the city, which is slowly sinking into the sea, lasted for six hours before he continued his journey to the closing stages of the Italian National Eucharistic Congress in Udine, north of Trieste.
SYNOPSIS: Pope Paul travelled through the canals of Venice on Saturday in the first Papal visit to the city for a-hundred-and-seventy-two years. The Pope, who had visited Venice privately in years gone by, first journeyed in a motor-boat and then a ceremonial gondola, traditional water-craft of the canal-bound city.
The Pope, who had stopped off in Venice for six hours on his way to a religious conference in northern Italy, appealed to a crowd in St. Mark's Square for the preservation of Venice, which is slowly sinking into the sea. 'Not only must Venice survive,' he said, 'it must live.
The Pope was heavily guarded by security men--who kept themselves hidden, however, in response to the Pope's plea that he should not be surrounded by armed men.