- Title: CZECH REPUBLIC: POPE JOHN PAUL II ARRIVES FOR VISIT
- Date: 25th April 1997
- Summary: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (APRIL 25, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV AIRCAFT ON TARMAC AND CAR DRIVING IN FRONT/ AIRCRAFT TAXIING (2 SHOTS) 0.09 2. SLV OFFICIALS WAIT 0.12 3. SLV POPE JOHN PAUL DOWN STEPS AND GREETED BY CZECH PRESIDENT VACLAV HAVEL 0.34 4. SLV GUARD OF HONOUR LINED UP PAN TO POPE AND OFFICIALS AT FOOT OF AIRCRAFT STEPS 0.50 5. SLV POPE GREETING CLERGY 0.56 6. SV CROWD WAVING (2 SHOTS) 1.01 7. SLV POPE AND HAVEL WALK TO MICROPHONES 1.13 8. SLV CLERGY/POPE SEATED 1.20 9. SLV POPE RISING AS OFFICIAL BRINGS MICROPHONE OVER TO HIM 1.34 10. SLV AUDIENCE 1.38 11. SV POPE SAYING HE IS FULFILLING A WISH TO RETURN FOR THE 1,000TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF ST ADALBERT (CZECH) 1.47 12. SCU MEDIA 1.49 13. SV ZOOM OUT POPE SPEAKING (CZECH) 2.06 Initials S3 P3 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
- Country: EUROPE
- Duration: 00:02:07
- Story Text: - INTRO: Pope John Paul II has arrived in Prague at the start of a three-day visit to the Czech Republic.
The Pope's Alitalia jet on Friday (April 25) touched down at Prague airport where Czech President Vaclav Havel was waiting to greet him on his third visit to the city since the fall of communism in 1989.
The 76-year-old Pope, wearing a white overcoat against the cold, walked slowly down the aircraft steps and shook hands with Havel before touching a symbolic pot of Czech earth.
Some 200 children, waving yellow and white Vatican flags, were also at the airport to meet him. An army band played national anthems while a guard of honour stood to attention.
Pope John Paul, whose health has been fragile in recent years, will hold two open-air masses, including one for young people to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the death of St Adalbert, or Vojtech in Czech.
The Pope will also meet Czech Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus and join other church leaders in ecumenical worship on Sunday before flying back to Rome.
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