July 24, 2011

Pope Blesses 4,000 sick

British Pathé: "At St Peter's Square we see various shots of crowds of sick and injured people gathering for a blessing from Pope John XXIII (Cardinal Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli) on the feast of St Joseph. The people make their way into St Peter's Basilica. A disabled woman is helped off a truck. Stretchers are unloaded from ambulances. Inside the Basilica we see various shots of people lying on stretchers and sitting in wheelchairs. A woman on a stretcher with a bandaged head. Pope John is carried towards camera on a kind of sedan chair throne. A man on a stretcher is carried up to Pope John and receives a blessing. The Pope walks over to a man on a stretcher. He pats him on the head and talks to him".