INTRODUCTION: Christians throughout the world celebrated Easter on Sunday (19 April) as the Pope made a plea for peace to thousands of people packed in St.
GV & SV Crowd in St. Peter's Square applaud as Pope walks onto balcony. (3 SHOTS)
TV Crowd listens as Pope speaks in English.
LV Pope speaks in Swahili and crowd applauds.(2 SHOTS)
CU Pope's blessing.
GV Crowd wait at night in rain outside Colosseum as Pope passes carrying cross. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN DOWN EXTERIOR Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
CU INTERIOR Orthodox patriarch offering his crucifix to be kissed as he passes in procession. (2 SHOTS)
CU & SV People waiting outside church. (2 SHOTS)
CU PAN Catholic archbishop walking in procession through streets of Jerusalem. (2 SHOTS)
SV Philippines: Re-enaction of Christ carrying Cross to his crucifixion.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Man playing Christ is nailed to cross, shown to crowd and taken down and nails removed from hands.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 2: POPE: "A blessed Easter to you all in the joy of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Christians throughout the world celebrated Easter on Sunday (19 April) as the Pope made a plea for peace to thousands of people packed in St. Peters Square in Rome. In the Philippines, however, the celebrations were anything but peaceful as eleven people were killed and more than 170 injured when two hand grenades were tossed into a crowded Roman Catholic Church.
SYNOPSIS: In Rome around 200,000 people packed St. Peter's Square to hear the Pope give his traditional Easter Sunday message from the balcony of the Basilica after an open-air mass.
The Pope who delivered Easter greetings in 42 language, addressed a special salute to his Polish countrymen at home and abroad, expressing the hope that peace would come to his native land. He also renewed his condemnation of abortion, saying that he hoped that the plans for the protection of life would prevail and not the illusions of those who saw human progress in the right to inflict death on life which had just been conceived.
The Pope concluded by saying that he sent a fervent and cordial greeting of Easter peace, of true lasting peace to the Church and people throughout the world.
In Jerusalem Christian pilgrims and Jewish worshippers mingled in the old city on Sunday (19 April) to celebrate Easter Sunday and the first day of Jewish passover. Israeli soldiers and policemen although out in large numbers to guard against incident remained at a discreet distance from the over 100,000 visitors. Greek Orthodox worshippers held their traditional Palm Sunday procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and were followed later by the Americans, Copts and Syrian Orthodox.
The Catholic Archbishop conducted mass early in the morning before leading the traditional procession round the rotunda and to the stone of unction, the rock on which the body of Jesus was laid to be anointed.
In the Philippines villagers formed a flagellation procession and others dressed in the costumes of Roman soldiers as part of the re-enactment of Christ's trek to Calvary. While 34-year-old construction worker Rex Ford re-enacted the crucifixion.
But the celebrations did not go off peacefully. In Davao City, about 1000 kilometres southeast of Manila, eleven people were killed and over 170 injured when two hand grenades were tossed into a packed church during the Easter Sunday service. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the act but President Marcos threatened to step up government action against guerrillas in the trouble-hit south following the incident.