- Title: JERUSALEM: PILGRIMS GATHER AT JERUSALEM'S HOLY SEPULCHRE TO PRAY FOR POPE
- Date: 8th April 2005
- Summary: (BN6) JERUSALEM (APRIL 8, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. PAN EXTERIOR OF THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE/ WORSHIPPERS GATHERED AT CHURCH TO PRAY FOR POPE 0.12 2. SLV PRIEST PRAYING 0.20 3. PAN OF CHURCH 0.27 4. MCU/SLV OF PEOPLE PRAYING (2 SHOTS) 0.44 5. CLOSE OF CANDLE 0.53 6. PAN PILGRIMS PRAYING 1.04 7. SV PEOPLE LIGHTING CANDLES 1.14 8. SV OF WOMAN PRAYING 1.20 9. SV NUNS PRAYING 1.30 10. SV/SLV VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PRAYING (2 SHOTS) 1.49 11. MCU (English) ELOISE FROM AUSTRALIA, SAYING: "Well, I'm really sad about the pope. I suppose he was very old and he was very sick so, I mean it is better that he is gone to be with God." 2.00 12. PAN/CU ISRAELI NEWSPAPERS SHOWING PHOTOS OF LEADERS GATHERED AT VATICAN TO PAY RESPECT TO POPE (2 SHOTS) 2.29 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 23rd April 2005 13:00
- Location: JERUALEM
- Country: Israel
- Reuters ID: LVA8FMZN050Y0K468PU8ZHSALJ38
- Story Text: Pilgrims gather at Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre to
pray for Pope.
Pilgrims prayed for the Pope in Jerusalem's Holy
Sepulchre on Friday (April 8, 2005) as people from around the
world gathered at the Vatican to say a final goodbye to
Pope John Paul.
The crowd in the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site
of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection, prayed for the
Polish Pontiff who died on Saturday after a decade of
suffering and sickness, unleashing a world-wide outpouring
of grief within the Roman Catholic Church and beyond.
"Well, I'm really sad about the pope. I suppose he was
very old and he was very sick so, I mean it is better that
he is gone to be with God" said an Australian pilgrim.
Israelis and Arabs have hailed the pope as a man of
peace who sought to heal ancient wounds and forge a
brighter future for the Middle East.
At the age of 79 and already ailing, the Pontiff
embarked on a gruelling seven-day millennium pilgrimage to
Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan in March
2000 that took him to the very roots of the Roman Catholic
For Israelis, two images stand out: the Pope's
pilgrimage to Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the 6
million Jews killed in the Holocaust, and his prayer at
Jerusalem's Western Wall for forgiveness for historical
Christian mistreatment of Jews.
Jewish leaders had long praised the Polish Pope's
repeated condemnation of anti-Semitism and his description
of Jews as the Church's "dearly beloved elder brothers".
The Pope's body will be laid in a plain cypress coffin
before the ceremony, with a white silk veil placed on his
face. After the funeral mass, his coffin will be carried
back into St. Peter's Basilica and laid to rest in a crypt
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