Pope Paul left by air from Rome today (Thursday) at the start of a tour of the Far East and Australia.
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GV Pope waves to crowd from car and greeted
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MV Pope shakes hands with officials. (3 shots)
GV Pope waves from aircraft.
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Background: Pope Paul left by air from Rome today (Thursday) at the start of a tour of the Far East and Australia.
The pontiff's 10-day journey is the longest, most varied and most colourful of his eight-year reign. He will visit nine territories -- Iran, East Pakistan, the Philippines, American Samoa, Western Samoa, Australia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Ceylon.
He was due to arrive at Dacca in flood-devasted East Pakistan later today after stopping over briefly in Teheran. In a statement issued by the Vatican Press Office Pope Paul appealed to the people of the devasted area not to despair.
The 73-year-old Pope has made eight previous overseas tours and the Pontiff has called himself "an apostle on the move."