- Title: CROATIA: POPE JOHN PAUL HOLDS AN OPEN-AIR MASS IN ZAGREB
- Date: 11th September 1994
- Summary: ZAGREB, CROATIA (SEPTEMBER 11, 1994) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SLV : POPE JOHN PAUL IS GREETED BY CROATIAN PRESIDENT FRANJO TUDJMAN AT HIS RESIDENCE 0.06 2. SV : 3 PRIESTS TALK TOGETHER 0.09 3. CU : GOLD CROSS 0.11 4. CRANE UPWARDS TO OFFICIAL GUARDING IT 0.14 5. SV : POPE RECEIVES GOLD CROSS FROM TUDJMAN 0.25 6. AERIAL: CROWD SCENES 0.31 7. SV : CROWD (2 SHOTS) 0.36 8. HAS/GV: SPECTATOR IS PUT IN AMBULANCE 0.43 9. PAN/SV: POPE MOBILE CUTS THROUGH CHEERING CROWDS TOWARDS STADIUM (2 SHOTS) 1.01 10.SLV : BISHOPS WALK UP STEPS TOWARDS ALTAR 1.11 11.SLV : YOUNG MEN KNEELING DOWN IN FRONT OF FLORAL DISPLAY 1.15 12.SLV : POPE WALKS ONTO ALTAR AND SALUTES CROWD 1.37 13.GV : ALTAR 1.42 14.HAS/SV: PRIESTS IN CONGREGATION LISTENING 1.47 15.SLV :.POPE JOHN PAUL SAYING HE IS VERY HAPPY TO ATTEND HOLY MASS ON THE OCCASION OF 900 YEARS OF ZAGREB history (CROATIAN) 1.58 14.GV : CROWD LISTENING TO SERVICE 2.00 15.SV : TWO BOYS (SEATED) LISTENING TO SERVICE 2.04 16.SLV/PAN : PEOPLE DRESSED IN TRADITIONAL CROATIAN CLOTHES WALK TOWARDS ALTAR BEARING GIFTS 2.22 17.GV : PEOPLE ASCENDING ALTAR WITH GIFTS (2 SHOTS) 2.33 (RC/SM/PC) Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: ZAGREB, CROATIA
- Country: Croatia
- Duration: 00:02:31
- Story Text: Pope John Paul, on a 24-hour visit to Croatia to plead for peace and reconciliation in the Balkans, held an open-air mass in Zagreb for an estimated 600,0000 people on Sunday (September 11).
Earlier he paid a courtesy call on Croatian President Franjo Tudjman who presented the pontiff with a gold neck chain.
At the meeting, Tudjman said the ceremonial chain with crucifix was an expression of gratitude for all the Pope had done to promote recognition of the former Yugoslav republic's independence by a reluctant world.
Croatia seceded from federal Yugoslavia in 1991 and fought a six-month war with minority Serbs who opposed the break and ended up seizing a third of the country.
The pontiff was making the first papal visit to the tormented region of former Yugoslavia and the first to Croat faithful who embraced Roman Catholicism more than 1,000 years ago.
His visit is intended to mark the 900th anniversary of the Zagreb archdiocese but Croatia's nationalist government clearly views it as a consecration of its independence.
During the mass, held at Zagreb's main racetrack, the pope condemned nationalist intolerance fuelling wars in former Yugoslavia and said it had nothing to do with religious faith claimed by rival factions.
"Would it not perhaps be intolerable hypocrisy to repeat 'Our Father' while cultivating feelings of rancour and hatred, or even plans for reprisal and revenge?" he said.
The pontiff was due to return to Rome later on Sunday.
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