• Short Summary

    Thousands of people turned out in the Polish town of Lowicz on Thursday (9 June) to celebrate Corpus Christi day.

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    Thousands of people turned out in the Polish town of Lowicz on Thursday (9 June) to celebrate Corpus Christi day.

    SYNOPSIS: It's an annual celebration and Thursday was a public holiday. The streets of Lowicz, which is about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Warsaw, were crowded with people dressed in national costumes. The region's one of the few remaining where the traditional dress is still worn.

    The day is also popular with the tourists who flock to buy dolls and other souvenirs.

    Children featured predominantly in the celebrations
    The day of Corpus Christi was instituted in the 11th century, but it was not until the middle of the 14th century that it became generally accepted. It's now one of the Roman Catholic Church. The banners carried on Thursday asked Jesus to bring peace and reconciliation of all mankind.

    On the same day children took Communion after confirming the vows taken for them by their Godparents at their Baptism. The Bishop then leads a procession through the streets. He's assisted in that by two laymen who have been specially selected for the occasion.

    Poland is largely a Roman Catholic country. Church leaders have made it clear that the Church must have a recognised public character. They are resisting the government's idea to separate the Church from the State.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAENWAZXN8OTNVBIYBMO3NSQJ9N
    Media URN:
    VLVAENWAZXN8OTNVBIYBMO3NSQJ9N
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/06/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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