Pope Paul, on the last stop of his nine-day tour of the Far East and Australia, flew into Colombo yesterday (Friday) and renewed his call for peace throughout Asia.
Pope Paul, on the last stop of his nine-day tour of the Far East and Australia, flew into Colombo yesterday (Friday) and renewed his call for peace throughout Asia. On the flight to Colombo, the Pope's plea for peace was radioed to the heads of state of Cambodia, and North and South Vietnam.
The Governor-General, Mr William Gopallawa, and Prime Minister Mrs. Bandaranaike led the tumultuous welcome for the Pope at Colombo airport.
A huge crowd of about three-quarters of a million people had gathered at the airport. Many had waited for more than 12 hours to see the Pope -- and he responded by thanking the crowd for its hospitality. Eight-thousand police preserved strict security as the Pope moved through the crowds.
A procession carried the Pope to another part of the airport, where he was to celebrate mass. Buddhist and other religious groups were present throughout the mass, during which 30 people -- including orphans and five newly-discharged prisoners -- received Holy Communion from the Pope.