• Short Summary

    POPE JOHN XXIII OPENED TWO DAYS OF CELEBRATIONS IN VATICAN CITY NOVEMBER 3, IN HONOUR OF HIS OFFICIAL 80TH BIRTHDAY AND THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF HIS CORONATION.

  • Description

    POPE JOHN XXIII OPENED TWO DAYS OF CELEBRATIONS IN VATICAN CITY NOVEMBER 3, IN HONOUR OF HIS OFFICIAL 80TH BIRTHDAY AND THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF HIS CORONATION. AFTER A MASS IN ST. PETER'S BASILICA, WHERE HE ADDRESSED SOME 16,000 'CATHOLIC ACTION' DELEGATES FROM MANY COUNTRIES, THE POPE RECEIVED THE CONGRATULATIONS OF DIPLOMATS FROM 48 NATIONS.

    IN REPLY TO A SPEECH OF GOOD WISHES BY THE DEAN OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS, AMBASSADOR LEO THOMAS McCAULEY OF IRELAND, THE POPE SAID: "IT IS THE PEACE, CIVILIZATION AND TRUE PROGRESS. WE ARE SEEKING TO WORK FOR THIS END TO THE FULL EXTENT OF OUR POSSIBILITIES".

    THE POPE, WHO WAS SAID TO HAVE ADDRESSED ALL IN A CHEERFUL AND OPTIMISTIC TONE, THEN ADDRESSED 47 MEMBERS OF THE SACRED COLLEGE OF CARDINALS. IN REPLY TO A FEW WORDS SPOKEN BY EUGENE CARDINAL TISSERANT, FRENCH DEAN OF THE SACRED COLLEGE, POPE JOHN SAID: "DESPITE DIFFICULTIES AND PRE-OCCUPATIONS THAT SOMETIMES CAUSE SORROW, FERVENT PREPARATIONS FOR THE FORTHCOMING ECUMENICAL COUNCIL CONTINUE TO GIVER AMONG OTHER THINGS A KEYNOTE FOR GOOD WORK AND INNER PREPARATION OF MEN'S SOULS".

    OFFICIAL OBSERVANCE OF THE POPE'S BIRTHDAY WAS TO BE JOINTLY MARKED THE NEXT DAY WHEN HE WAS TO CELEBRATE MASS IN ST. PETER'S ON THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF HIS CORONATION. MANY THOUSANDS WERE EXPECTED TO ATTEND INCLUDING OFFICIAL DELEGATIONS FROM 67 COUNTRIES.

    THIS TWO-DAY CELEBRATION IS SAID TO BE THE MOST BRILLIANT TRIBUTE TO A REIGNING PONTIFF SINCE A SIMILAR GESTURE FIVE YEARS AGO TO PIUS XII, IN THE CASE OF POPE PIUS, THE TWO ANNIVERSARIES EXACTLY COINCIDED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1W1F66WKS9CK728P4NUEUGLBD
    Media URN:
    VLVA1W1F66WKS9CK728P4NUEUGLBD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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