• Short Summary

    AS BETHLEHEM IN THE HOLY LAND PREPARES FOR CHRISTMAS, POPE PAUL TODAY (THURSDAY) RENEWED HIS APPEAL FOR PEACE.

  • Description

    AS BETHLEHEM IN THE HOLY LAND PREPARES FOR CHRISTMAS, POPE PAUL TODAY (THURSDAY) RENEWED HIS APPEAL FOR PEACE.

    THE POPE'S PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND IN JANUARY LAST YEAR TOOK HIM TO BETHLEHEM TO SAY MASS WHERE CHRIST WAS BORN. IT WAS THE FIRST VISIT OF A POPE THERE SINCE THE DAYS OF ST. PETER.

    POPE PAUL FOLLOWED IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF COUNTLESS VISITORS TO THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, BUILT OVER THE TRADITIONAL SITE OF CHRIST'S BIRTH.

    THE CHURCH HAS A SUPERB INTERIOR SHELTERING THE REPUTED SPOT WHERE THE MANGER LAY, AND MEETING THE EYE AROUND IS THE STORY OF CHRIST TOLD IN PAINTINGS.

    NEAR THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY IS ANOTHER VENERATED SPOT TO CHRISTIANS -- THE MILK GROTTO, ADMIRED BY VISITORS FOR ITS MAGNIFICENT MURALS DEPICTING MOSES IN THE FLIGHT FROM EGYPT.

    TODAY THE CHRISTMAS VISITORS ARE FEWER. BETHLEHEM WAS THE LAST STOP IN THE POPE'S JOURNEY. AND ALTHOUGH IT WAS JUST AFTER DAWN, GREAT CROWDS GATHERED IN WELCOME. "VIVA IL PAPA" THEY SHOUTED.

    THE POPE, IN THIS YEAR'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE, SAID NO-ONE SHOULD SHIRK JUST AND SINCERE NEGOTIATIONS IN THE SEARCH FOR PEACE. HE DID NOT REFER DIRECTLY TO THE VIETNAM WAR THOUGH HIS MESSAGE FOLLOWED THE APPEAL HE MADE FOR A CHRISTMAS TRUCE THERE, AND PEACE NEGOTIATIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD82552M0EGQ9U6T9F1PX9259Z
    Media URN:
    VLVAD82552M0EGQ9U6T9F1PX9259Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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