Pope Paul celebrated the traditional Palm Sunday Mass today (4 April) at St Peter's Bascilica.?
LV Interior, ZOOM IN TO Pope standing.
SV Cardinals praying.
SV Cardinals receive palms from the Pope (4 shots)
SV Pope carries olive branck with staff.
LV ZOOM IN TO Pope reading.
LV Pope gives blessing.
GV Exterior, St. Peter's Bascilica.
SV Olive and palm branches on stall.
GV Square and crowd.
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Background: Pope Paul celebrated the traditional Palm Sunday Mass today (4 April) at St Peter's Bascilica. Speaking to a congregation of 10,000 the Pope said he regretted that so many young people today could be classed as "reed Christians" because they gave in so willingly to public opinion and the "tyranny of fashion." He suggested they should become strong enough Christians to make their own decisions. After distributing palm and olive branches, the Pope urged his followers to perform their Easter duties faithfully, and to take advantage of the occasion to put their consciences in order.
SYNOPSIS: In St. Peter's Bascilica on Sunday, Pope Paul celebrated a special Mass for Palm Sunday.
The service was conducted from the Atrium of the Bascilica.
Cardinals and bishops processed before the Pope to receive palm branches. This tradition commemorates Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, shortly before his death, when crowds laid down palm and olive branches for his donkey to walk on. Palm Sunday also marks the first day of Holy Week, and is the Sunday before Easter.
Addressing a congregation of 10,000 Pope Paul expressed sadness that so many young people today could be classed as "reed Christians" because they bowed so readily before public opinion. He suggested they should become strong enough Christians to make their own decisions.
The Pope also urged his followers to take advantage of the Easter season to put their consciences in order.