- Title: ITALY: POPE JOHN PAUL II ARRIVES BACK FROM 11 DAY TOUR
- Date: 2nd August 2002
- Summary: (U3) CIAMPINO MILITARY AIRPORT, OUTSIDE ROME, ITALY (AUGUST 2, 2002) (REUTERS) 1. SLV PLANE TAXIING; SLV STAIRWELL BEING BROUGHT TO PLANE; MV POLICEMAN WITH RIFLE (4 SHOTS) 0.24 2. SLV POPE'S ENTOURAGE DESCENDING PLANE; SPECIAL PLATFORM LOWERING POPE OFF PLANE; SLV MILITARY PERSONNEL AND SECURITY DOG; SLV POPE DRIVING AWAY FROM PLANE AND WAVING; SLV SECURITY (8 SHOTS) 1.15 3. SCU POPE; MV CAR STOPPING AND BEING GREETED (3 SHOTS) 1.34 4. SLV CAR DRIVING AWAY 1.48 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 17th August 2002 13:00
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
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- Story Text: Pope John Paul has arrived back in Rome at the end of
an 11-day tour to Canada, Guatemala and Mexico, the 97th
foreign trip of his 23-year papacy.
The Aeromexico Airlines jet carrying the Pope, his
entourage and journalists arrived at Rome's Ciampino airport
shortly before 9:00 a.m. (0700 GMT) on Friday (August 2) on a
flight from Mexico City.
Finishing one of the longest trips in his 23-year papcy,
the ailing 82-year-old pontiff descended from the plane on a
specially equipped cargo lift.
Before heading off to his summer residence at Castel
Gandolfo, just outside of Rome, the Pope stopped for a moment,
seated in his convertible Mercedes to accept greetings.
During his trip, the pope presided over World Youth Day
celebrations in Toronto and oversaw two canonisation
ceremonies, one in Guatemala and the other in Mexico.
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