Visnews film from London records immediate reaction and mourning following the Pope's death. Early morning?
Visnews film from London records immediate reaction and mourning following the Pope's death. Early morning newspaper stands broke the news to early risers and night-workers coming off duty, The Queen was given the news at Balmoral where she is on holiday.
Westminster Cathedral, where the yellow and white Papal flags were flown at half mast, opened at 6 a.m. A group of nuns headed a small congregation in silent prayer.
All walks of life were represented at early masses, one of which is filmed here.
And at one tributes flowed in from heads of churches in Britain.
Here are statements by some of them:
Dr. William Godfrey, Anglican Archbishop of Westminster: Pope Pius 12 bore the burden of the papacy during a period of almost unprecedented turmoil and anxiety. Future generations will acclaim him the Pope of Peace, for no man ever did more for the peace of the world.
The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher: Through his long life and to its very end he served the Christian Church with conspicuous ability and devotion. He was held in the greatest respect by all Christians for the saintliness of his character and the single-mindedness of his christians witness.
The Rev. Dr. Norman Snaith, President of the Methodist Conference: "Methodists everywhere will sympathise with their Roman Catholic friends in the great loss they have sustained through the death of the Pope. He was indeed a Godly man.
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool, Dr. John C. Heenan: Not only Catholics, but all men of goodwill must feel bereaved at the death of Pope Pius 12.