THE CROSS: THE ARTHUR BLESSITT STORY
The Cape Ann Community Cinema
(at Gloucester Stage)
267 East Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
SHOWTIMES: Monday & Tuesday, May 4 & 5 @ 7:15pm
Prepare to be inspired.
On Christmas morning in 1969, Arthur Blessitt began his journey with a 12′ cross of his own construction, walking from Los Angeles, California, to Washington D.C. In August 1971, Blessitt began his journey around the world, beginning in England.
He has carried the cross to all parts of the world including war-torn countries such as Lebanon and parts of Africa to pray for peace. During the Cold War, Blessitt carried his cross into the Soviet Union, through Russia, the Baltic States, Ukraine and other countries. He has carried the cross through such places as Iraq, North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, China, South Africa, Lebanon, India, Antarctica, Palestine, Israel, Cuba, Libya, Yemen, Vietnam and Mongolia.
During his walk around the world, Blessitt has held audience with numerous world and religious leaders including, Jimmy Carter, Reverend Billy Graham, Pope John Paul II, Yasser Arafat and Muammar al-Gaddafi.
He completed his journey on June 7, 2008 and he is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the “World’s Longest Walk.”
In total, Blessitt has walked 38,102 miles through 315 countries (including Island Groups and Territories), of which 52 were in open war. He has crossed every ocean and walked on all seven continents (including Antarctica).
“A profoundly engrossing and inspirational film…” –Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru