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Holy Year of 1950

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Film Identifier: F.2012-03-0001
Run Time
0h 8m 43s
Format
16mm
Color
B&W
Sound
Optical
Date Produced
1950
Abstract
This documentary explores the Catholic celebration of renewal of faith in the Jubilee Year 1950, led by Pope Pius XII and features the four major basilicas of Rome - St. Peter, St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and St. John Lateran.
Description
Pilgrims walk on the Appian Way to Rome. Along the Appian Way, the film shows the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis where Jesus appeared to Peter as he was fleeing Rome, and Peter returned to Rome to experience his martyrdom. Footprints at this Chapel commemorate Jesus' appearance to Peter.

Pope Pius XII initiates the Jubilee Year on December 24, 1949. He opens the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica to commence the Holy Year. His private chapel is shown. The Clementine Room, holding works of art, is viewed. The Pope meets individually with people, and they are encouraged to pass through the Holy Doors at all four Basilicas during the Holy Year, as well as meet other requirements to obtain a plenary indulgence. The Pope is briefly seen walking in his garden. The film concludes with footage of Mass held at St. Peter's Basilica led by Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York. During these proceedings, the Swiss Guard notably don uniforms designed by Michelangelo and Pope Pius XII personally meets with Francis Cardinal Spellman.
Main Credit
Castle Films, inc. (is production company)
United World Films, inc. (is production company)
Related Place
Rome (represents)