• Short Summary

    POPE PAUL LEFT ROME AIRPORT THIS MORNING ON THE START OF HIS HISTORIC PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND.

  • Description

    POPE PAUL LEFT ROME AIRPORT THIS MORNING ON THE START OF HIS HISTORIC PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND. HE IS THE FIRST PONTIFF TO FLY BY AIRCRAFT AND THE FIRST SINCE ST. PETER TO SET FOOT IN THE REGION WHERE CHRIST LIVED AND DIED.

    VAST CROWDS LINED THE STREETS TO WAVE TO POPE PAUL AS HE SLOWLY DROVE THROUGH THE CITY'S STREETS TO THE AIRPORT. THERE HE SAID HIS JOURNEY WAS A PILGRIMAGE OF PRAYER AND PENITENCE AND THAT HE WOULD PRAY FOR PEACE.

    THE DEPARTURE WAS HALF AN HOUR LATER THAN SCHEDULED: HIS CAR WENT MORE SLOWLY THAN EXPECTED SINCE POPE PAUL INSISTED ON THE PEOPLE SEEING HIM. WHEN THE CAR PASSED THE 'INFAMOUS "QUEEN OF HEAVEN" PRISON, PRISONERS RELEASED FROM THEIR CELLS FOR A FEW MINUTES KNELT DOWN AS THE POPE STOPPED HIS CAR TO BLESS THEM.

    AT THE AIRPORT THERE WAS A SIMPLE DEPARTURE CEREMONY WITHOUT BANDS OR GUARDS OF HONOUR. VATICAN SOURCES SAID THE POPE WANTED A SIMPLE FAREWELL IN KEEPING WITH HIS EXPRESSED DESIRE THAT THE JOURNEY BE ABOVE ALL A RELIGIOUS PILGRIMAGE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAOZHA8MVDGX3LG5JNQ9DND9W3
    Media URN:
    VLVAOZHA8MVDGX3LG5JNQ9DND9W3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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