• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF PILGRIMS HAVE BEEN POURING INTO THE HOLY LAND TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF CHRIST IN BETHLEHEM.

  • Description

    THOUSANDS OF PILGRIMS HAVE BEEN POURING INTO THE HOLY LAND TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF CHRIST IN BETHLEHEM. THE LATIN PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM, ARCHBISHOP ALBERTO GORI, LED A MOTORCADE FROM THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM TO BETHLEHEM ON CHRISTMAS EVE (WEDNESDAY) - RETRACING THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE THREE KINGS WHO FOLLOWED THE STAR TO BETHLEHEM TO SEEK THE INFANT CHRIST.

    HIGHLIGHT OF THE PROCESSION WAS THE SOLEMN ENTRY OF THE OCTOGENARIAN PATRIARCH INTO THE JUDEAN HILLTOP TOWN OF BETHLEHEM - AN ENTRY ACCOMPANIED BY THE SOUND OF BELLS AND THE STRAINS OF "COME ALL YE FAITHFUL".

    THE PATRIARCH ARRIVED FLANKED BY FIVE ISRAELI MOUNTED POLICE BEARING LANCES AND PENNANTS. AND THE TOWN WAS HEAVILY GUARDED BY TROOPS AS THE AUTHORITIES, RESPONSIBLE FOR THE THIRD CHRISTMAS CELEBRATED UNDER ISRAELI CONTROL SINCE THE SIX-DAY WAR, GUARDED AGAINST POSSIBLE ARAB GUERILLA ATTEMPTS TO DISRUPT THE CEREMONIES.

    ACCOMPANIED BY THE ISRAELI MILITARY GOVERNOR AND THE ARAB MAYOR OF BETHLEHEM, THE PATRIARCH MADE HIS WAY TO THE ANCIENT FORTRESS-LIKE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY, WHERE HE CONDUCTED A SERIES OF SERVICES UNTIL THE MIDNIGHT HIGH MASS CLIMAXED THE CELEBRATIONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEZJCOTBBHGE2MQ0N3B27XFOAQ
    Media URN:
    VLVAEZJCOTBBHGE2MQ0N3B27XFOAQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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