One hundred thousand people thronged St. Peter's Square on Sunday (April 2nd) to receive Pope?
One hundred thousand people thronged St. Peter's Square on Sunday (April 2nd) to receive Pope Paul's blessing -- and to her his annul Easter message.
The message -- as is traditional -- was delivered from a balcony high above St. Peter's Square at the end of Pope Paul's main Easter Day mass. The Pope began his message by greeting the pilgrims in 17 languages.
SYNOPSIS: One hundred thousand people thronged St. Peter's Square in Rome on Sunday to receive the Easter blessing from Pope Paul. They'd come from many lands--and stood quietly as the Pope conducted his main Easter Mass on the steps of the cathedral.
Later the crowd was to hear the Pope send a message of comfort to those Roman Catholics living in countries where the churches are restricted and oppressed. The Pope proclaimed the happiness of the Easter message--and expressed hope for peace in areas where war, hatred, bloodshed and destruction prevail.
Pope Paul gave his blessing from a balcony high above the square. And he delighted the multi-national congregation by extending Easter greetings to them in 17 languages.