Various religious events throughout the year are shown.
With a Personal Message from His Holiness Pope Pius XII. Commentary by Wilfred Pickles.
Rome. Vatican. Fountain and shots of buildings. Crowds in the square. Procession of bishops and the Pope. Christmas Eve - Pope Pius XII is carried into St Peters for the opening of the Holy Door. He knocks on door with a silver hammer and it is opened. Procession moves into the Cathedral. Bethlehem. Street scenes.
Narration tells the story of the birth of Jesus. Church of Annunciation and St. Mary's Well. Garden of Gethsemane. Church of the Nativity. Holy man lights candles. Capernium. Architecture. Appian Way. Coliseum. Arch of Titus. Castle of St Angelo. Statues. Castle of St Angelo and the Tibor from the air. St John's Lateral? St Mary Major? St Peter's - interior and exterior shots. Statue of the Apostle. Painting of Pope Boniface VIII (Benedetto Gaetano, 13th C). Paintings in St Peter's. Inauguration of cardinals. The Pope's feet are kissed then he kisses the new cardinals. Pope is carried down the length of the Basilica on a chair. He blesses the crowds.
See reel 2. Note: 16mm combined print exists.