THE HOLY FATHER has given
1 permission for TV cameramen to set up their apparatus in his private study for a television tour of Vatican City.
The programme will be seen by viewers in many parts of Western Europe on Sunday, June 6.
Details of the programme were announced at The Hague by Mr. Jan Rengelink, secretary of the Netherlands Television Foundation, on his return from the TV International Con f erence at Cannes.
He said that the TV broadcast would be part of a month's experimental exchange of TV programmes by various West European countries during June. Eighty relay stations and 41 TV transmitters will be involved.
As already announced, the Italian Radio has undertaken to televise the canonisation of Blessed Pius X on May 29 as part of the exchange experiment.
More than 8,000,000 viewers are expected to get intimate close-ups of the Holy Father during the ceremony in St. Peter's Square. Mr, Rengelink said that the June 6 programme will feature a 45minute camera tour of St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's itself and the Vatican.
Mr. Rengelink also stated that the Pope, if his health permits, will himself appear before the cameras to give an address.