• Short Summary

    CHRISTMAS WAS CELEBRATED AROUND THE WORLD TODAY, BUT ESPECIALLY IN THE LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM, WHERE CHRISTIANITY WAS BORN ALMOST 2,000 YEARS AGO.

  • Description

    CHRISTMAS WAS CELEBRATED AROUND THE WORLD TODAY, BUT ESPECIALLY IN THE LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM, WHERE CHRISTIANITY WAS BORN ALMOST 2,000 YEARS AGO.

    THOUSANDS OF PILGRIMS GATHERED OUTSIDE THE BASILICA THAT STANDS OVER THE GROTTO OF THE NATIVITY, SAID TO MARK THE SITE OF THE MANGER IN WHICH CHRIST WAS BORN. IN THE ADJOINING ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ST. CATHERINE THE LATIN PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM, ARCHBISHOP ALBERTO GORI, CELEBRATED PONTIFICAL HIGH MASS.

    THEN, ACCOMPANIED BY ACOLYTES, ARCHBISHOP GORI CARRIED THE EFFIGY OF THE INFANT CHRIST DOWN TO THE GROTTO, WHERE IT WAS PLACED IN THE MANGER. THE STORY OF THE BABE BORN IN THE STABLE WAS CHANTED IN THE AGE-BLACKENED CAVE, LIT BY THE FLICKERING LIGHT OF GOLD AND SILVER OIL LAMPS.

    THE CEREMONIES TOOK PLACE FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH MOST OF THE HOLY LAND UNDER ISRAELI CONTROL FOLLOWING THE JUNE WAR.

    FOR ARAB CHRISTIANS IT WAS VERY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER YEARS... CHRISTIAN LEADERS IN ARAB STATES CANCELLED FESTIVITIES AS A SIGN OF GRIEF, AND THERE WERE ONLY QUIET CHURCH SERVICES.

    A RELAY OF THE MIDNIGHT MASS FROM BETHLEHEM TO JERUSALEM WAS STOPPED WHEN ARAB UNDERGROUND GROUPS CUT THE TELEPHONE LANDLINE CARRYING IT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEFOU90NP8KILVW9TEGSO2J38C
    Media URN:
    VLVAEFOU90NP8KILVW9TEGSO2J38C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/12/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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