INTRODUCTION: The visit of Pope John Paul the Second to the Philippines is proving as hectic as his previous journeys to many parts of the world.
GV AND CU Pope praying in English with crowd listening (6 shots)
SV Pope on Rostrum
CU Mother Teresa listening during prayer
SV, CU AND GV Congregation listening (3 shots)
SV Worshippers, including Mother Teresa receiving sacrament
GV AND CU Crowd chanting, Pope listening (3 shots)
SV Pope goes to knees as child is passed up to him from crowd
GV AND SV Crowd wave and cheer as Pope steps out of aircraft at Cebu (2 shots)
SV Pope meets officials (2 shots)
TOP VIEW AND CU Cheering crowds line roads as Pope drives past (4 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The visit of Pope John Paul the Second to the Philippines is proving as hectic as his previous journeys to many parts of the world. After two tiring days in the capital, Manila, the Pope flew on Thursday (19 February) 350 miles (560 kms) to Cebu. He landed close to the spot where Christianity was first introduced more than four and half centuries ago. In an address at Cebu, he reminded priests and member of all religious orders of the importance of church unity, celibacy and theological study.
SYNOPSIS: Before leaving the capital, the Pope went to an outlying suburb, Quezon City, where he said a Mass for peace, before another huge crowd.
Pope John Paul called on students in all countries to be active, but peaceful, in whatever protest actions they undertook.
In the crowd was Mother Teresa, who won last year's Nobel Peace Prize. Estimates put the size of the crowd here as at least one million people. The ceremony began the third day of his visit to the only Catholic nation in Asia, and it continued his general them of contact with the People.
Since he became the Supreme Pontiff, Pope John Paul has several times made strong anti-abortion statements.
Reuters news agency said on Thursday (19 February) that some section of the Filipino society -- notably the upper classes and professional people -- have been pressing for the right to divorce and to practice artificial birth control. Population growth throughout the Philippines has been estimated at more than two and a half percent a year -- a high figure.
Despite his frantic schedule, the Pope showed no sign of fatigue when he stepped from his aircraft in Cebu City. He was welcomed at the airport by Cardinal Julio Rosales of Cebu, and Mrs. Imelda Marcos, wife of President Ferdinand Marcos. Cardinal Rosales is considered close to the government, and a firm friend of Mrs. Marcos, who comes from the nearby island of Leyte. Hundreds of thousands of people greeted Pope John Paul as his motorcade headed for the centre of the city. He was to stay there overnight, before visiting cities further south the following day.