Pope Paul VI given a rapturous welcome when he arrives to bless the new Abbey.
Unissued / unused material - date and location may be unclear / unknown.
Monte Cassino, Italy
Various shots, Pope Paul VI arriving at the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Cassino which was heavily bombed by Allied forces in World War II. He arrives standing in his limousine to cheers from the crowds. He recognises the crowd and goes to meet those nearest the barrier. Various shots, Pope Paul leaving the Abbey in the rain, again heavily pressed by the crowd.
Various shots, Pope Paul, accompanied by members of the Papal Court and six Cardinals, perform the ceremony of consecrating the new abbey. They consecrate the altar and all the crosses around the abbey. All the time the Pope is heavily besieged by people. High shots, outside the abbey looking down at a site below, possibly a cemetery.
CUs The pope leaving the abbey at the end of the ceremony. MS The Pope's limousine leaves Monte Cassino. Various shots, crowds following in the rain as his motorcade makes its way down the hill.
Inside the abbey as the Pope arrives and seats himself on the throne. MS Details of the new abbey's architecture. Various shots of the congregation and the Pope sitting in full regalia. Various shots, the Pope and his entourage blessing the building. MS The organ. LS Looking down the nave to the high altar. MS Two Papal guards saluting. (2 shots).
MS The Pope's limousine arriving, the top is opened and he steps out. Various shots, crowds waiting in rain outside abbey. MS Statue, possibly of St Benedict. Various shots of the architecture of the new Monte Cassino. Various shots, the Pope being mobbed by crowds and cameramen as he enters the Abbey, then the abbey doors are closed. MS The cloisters pan up to window. LS Stone gateway and steps to the cloisters. LS View from the balcony. MS Statue of St Benedict on steps. Various good shots, Pope Paul waving to roadside crowds and to the camera as he leaves.
Note: Date on original record: 25/10/1964. On this occasion, Pope Paul VI also declared the Abbey's founder, Saint Benedict of Nursia, Patron Saint of Europe. There is no chronological order to this item.