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The longest journey by pilgrim Pope


THE POPE is to visit the Philippines and Australia in November. The journey will take him farther than all other Popes in all their travels combined.

The announcement by the Vatican was made on Friday—the 50th anniversary of the day Pope Paul was ordained as Fr. Battista Montini.

He will fly to Manila to attend a bishops' conference which will bring together churchmen of 16 Asian countries, including North and South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Then he will fly on to Sydney for a conference of the bishops of Oceania — from Australia, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands and Papua.

The "Pilgrim Pope," as he has come to be called, also plans to take part in ceremonies marking the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Australia. It is not yet known whether he will visit other places apart from Sydney.

A Vatican spokesman gave no exact dates for the visits, but said both would take place in the second half of November.

CELEBRATION MASS The Pope marked the 50th anniversary of his ordination by celebrating Mass in the quiet little Church of St. Anne, inside the Vatican. He did not deliver a sermon, but stopped to shake hands with some of the congregation, including Cardinal Cooke of New York.

Other cardinals attending the Mass included Cardinal Villot, the Papal Secretary of State; Cardinal Willebrands, head of the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Cicognani and Cardinal Confalonieri. The congregation also included the entire staff of the Secretariat of State.

The Pope's Vicar General for Vatican City, Archbishop Van Lierde, assisted him at Mass, and a boys' choir of the Sistine Chapel sang the accompaniment.

MASS WITH POLES On Thursday night the Pope celebrated a Corpus Christi Mass in the open air in a Rome suburb with more than 200 Polish priests who survived the Nazi concentration camps. The Poles were visiting Rome on a pilgrimage to mark the end of the war. They included

Cardinal Wojtyla of Crakow and five bishops.

Among the thousands of congratulatory letters and telegrams from all parts of the world was a letter from Cardinal Heenan saying: "The bishops, priests, religious and laity of England and Wales send you their affectionate and loyal greetings, and beg your Apostolic blessing."

Cardinal Heenan also thanked the Pope for his announcement of the canonisation of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales "who gave their lives for the Faith, and particularly in defence of the Holy See."

BISHOP'S WARNING In a sermon on Friday cornmemorating the Pope's golden jubilee, Bishop Harris, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, gave a warning against appraising his pontificate and his personal qualities as they were presented by the professional image makers.

"All the skills of public relations are concentrated in building images," he said, pointing out that Pope Paul "comes to us filtered through those people who must sell a newspaper or must top the ratings with a television documentary.

"In this Pope Paul is like every other public figure. It could be that we waste time discussing a fiction, a paper Pope •rather than Giovanni Battista Montini, who 'is Paul VI."

The following telegram of congratulation has been sent to Pope Paul by the Latin Mass Society, signed by its chairman, Ronald Hagger:

"Offering loyal congratulations on anniversary of Your Holiness's ordination Latin Mass Society of England and Wales implores Your Holiness to facilitate continued celebration of Holy Mass in form used on that joyful day."

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