• Short Summary

    Five thousand people crowded into a boxing stadium converted into a great open-air church in Soweto, the sprawling collection of African townships just outside Johannesburg on Sunday (29 November).

  • Description

    Five thousand people crowded into a boxing stadium converted into a great open-air church in Soweto, the sprawling collection of African townships just outside Johannesburg on Sunday (29 November). They were at the stadium to hear the Archbishop of Canterbury preach at a special High Mass.

    Dr. Michael Ramsey walked into the hot dusty stadium at the end of a procession of about 100 African clergy and local bishops. The ceremony was described as one of the most moving of the Archbishop's South African tour.

    Two young men carried the train of his chasuble as the Archbishop in full regalia--a sight never witnessed by many in the mostly African congregation before--mounted the steps of the stage that for the day had become the setting for the altar.

    The Archbishop took his seat, shielded from the burning African sun beneath a canopy of scarlet edged with gold.

    The Advent Sunday service was performed in the language of the Africans present--the Gospel in Tswana, the Creed and Sanctus in Xhosa, the Agnus Dei in Zulu.

    Following his sermon, the congregation knelt at Holy Communion.

    Soweto, with a population of about 600,000 is one of the largest black urban populations in the world.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD9E7PSHS4EWKYRS1UZVLL9US9
    Media URN:
    VLVAD9E7PSHS4EWKYRS1UZVLL9US9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/11/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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