Pope Pius XII inaugurates Holy Year in a traditional ceremony at St Peter's Cathedral in Rome.
SV. Exterior of St. Peter's Cathedral, Rome. GV. Crowd waiting outside St. Peters. SV. Carabinieri officers lined up. SV. Towards, clergy entering church. SV. Man kissing stone pillar. MV. Premier Alcide de Gasperi, Prime Minister of Italy, arriving. SV. Men arriving and kissing the stone pillar.
LV. MV. GV. Pope Pius XII (Eugenio Pacelli) being carried through congregation in St. Peters. MV. SV. Towards, elevated shot, clergy preceding Pope coming out of St. Peters. LV. Pope being carried down steps of St. Peters. SV. Pope sitting on palanquin being carried down steps. MV. Elevated, Pope's guard and others following behind. LV. Pope is placed beside throne. LV. Choir.
SV. Back view Pope knocking on Holy Door. LV. Holy Door being lowered from inside church. SV. Exterior, Holy Door being lowered. LV. Interior door being lowered and dragged. SV. Pope surrounded by clergy, enters church carrying cross. SV. Top view bodyguard and others looking on. LV. Elevated clergy entering church.