• Short Summary

    POPE PAUL BECAME THE FIST PONTIFF TO FLY IN A HELICOPTER WHEN HE FLEW YESTERDAY (AUGUST 11), FROM HIS SUMMER RESIDENCE AT CASTELGONDOLFO TO THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF ORVIETO FOR A EUCHARISTIC PILGRIMAGE.

  • Description

    POPE PAUL BECAME THE FIST PONTIFF TO FLY IN A HELICOPTER WHEN HE FLEW YESTERDAY (AUGUST 11), FROM HIS SUMMER RESIDENCE AT CASTELGONDOLFO TO THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF ORVIETO FOR A EUCHARISTIC PILGRIMAGE.

    THE POPE, WHO IS TAKING A BRIEF SUMMER HOLIDAY, CELEBRATED MASS AT THE CATHEDRAL IN ORVIETO, TO MARK THE 7-HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI.

    HE TOOK OFF IN THE HELICOPTER FROM THE GROUNDS OF CASTELGONDOLFO AND LANDED A FEW MINUTES LATER ON A HILLTOP A FEW KILOMETRES FROM HIS DESTINATION. A BROAD SMILE ON THE PONTIFF'S FACE SEEMED TO INDICATE THAT HE HAD QUITE ENJOYED THE BRIEF FLIGHT.

    THE REMAINDER OF THE JOURNEY TO ORVIETO WAS MADE IN AN OPEN CAR. HE DROVE TO THE IMMENSE 14TH CENTURY CATHEDRAL, WHICH DOMINATES THE TOWN, THROUGH NARROW STREETS HUNG WITH BANNERS AND TAPESTRIES AND ON HIS ARRIVAL, HERALDS SOUNDED A FANFARE ON SILVER TRUMPETS.

    MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED MEN DRESSED IN THE CLOTHES AND ARMOUR OF THE EARLY RENAISSANCE -- ACTING AS GUARDIANS PAUL. THOUSANDS OF OTHER CROWDED THE CATHEDRAL SQUARE AND CHEERED, WAVED AND SHOUTED "VIVA IL PAPA".

    DURING THE MASS POPE PAUL DISTRIBUTED COMMUNION TO ONE HUNDRED LOCAL PEOPLE INCLUDING OLD AGE PENSIONERS, INVALIDS AND CHILDREN.

    AFTER THE SERVICE POPE PAUL GAVE HIS BLESSINGS TO THE CROWD IN THE CATHEDRAL SQUARE AND THEN MET WITH BISHOPS OF THE PROVINCE IN THE NEARBY EPISCOPAL PALACE.

    POPE PAUL RETURNED TO CASTELGONDOLFO AT NIGHT BY CAR ALONG THE LATEST STRETCH OF ITALY'S SUPER MOTORWAY, THE AUTOSTRADA DEL SOL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF0CWQGMIZYQBL7B6U5WUVQIMO
    Media URN:
    VLVAF0CWQGMIZYQBL7B6U5WUVQIMO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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