Mgr. Boulos Meouchy, Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon, left Beirut Airport, May 11, for Rome. Government?
GV. Crowds wait at Beirut Airport.
TOP V..Crowds waiting.
SV The Patriarch Maronite Boulos Meouchy walks down steps of airport building.
SV People on balcony watching.
SV Patriarch walks past guard of honour.
G TOP V..Crowds gather around Patriarch Boulos Meouchy.
SV Patriarch says goodbye.
LV Crowds cheer.
LV Patriarch waves.
LV Plane leaves.
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Background: Mgr. Boulos Meouchy, Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon, left Beirut Airport, May 11, for Rome. Government Ministers, French, Spanish and Vatican Ambassadors and a large crowd of Lebanese citizens crowded the airport to wish him 'bon voyage'.
A guard of honour was drawn up near the Middle East Airlines plane that was to fly Mgr. Meouchy to the Vatican and an audience with Pope John.
General Franco of Spain has extended an invitation to the patriarch to spend a few days as his guest. He also has engagements in Paris.
In Rome he will "repay" the visit made 5-yrs ago by Pope John XXIII - then Pontifical Delegate to the Marial Congress in the Lebanon.