• Short Summary

    POPE JOHN, LOOKING PALLID BUT SPEAKING IN A STRONG VOICE, YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) CLOSED THE FIRST SESSION OF HIS ECUMENICAL COUNCIL.

  • Description

    POPE JOHN, LOOKING PALLID BUT SPEAKING IN A STRONG VOICE, YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) CLOSED THE FIRST SESSION OF HIS ECUMENICAL COUNCIL. THE 81-YEAR-OLD PONTIFF, ON MEDICAL ADVICE, ONLY ATTENDED THE LAST PART OF YESTERDAY'S CLOSING CEREMONY. HE IS SUFFERING FROM STOMACH TROUBLE AND ANAEMIA.

    AFTER CELEBRATION OF HIGH MASS IN ST. PETER'S BASILICA, A HUSH FELL OVER THE ASSEMBLY OF OVER 2,000 SCARLET-ROBED CARDINALS, PURPLE-ROBED BISHOPS AND OBSERVERS FROM PROTESTANT AND SEPARATED EASTERN CHURCHES.

    A FEW MINUTES LATER, THE POPE ENTERED AND WAS GREETED WITH APPLAUSE. WITH VIGOROUS TREAD, HE MOUNTED A SHORT FLIGHT OF STEPS AND TOOK HIS PLACE ON A THRONE FACING THE TIERED RANKS OF BISHOPS.

    AFTER CLOSING THE SESSION, WHICH BEGAN IN OCTOBER, THE POPE APPEARED AT THE WINDOWS OF HIS PRIVATE APARTMENT IN THE VATICAN PALACE TO BLESS A MASSED THRONG OF ITALIAN AND FOREIGN PILGRIMS.

    A FLOCK OF DOVES WAS RELEASED INTO THE AIR BEFORE THE PONTIFF'S APPEARANCE. THE POPE WAS GREETED WITH TREMENDOUS APPLAUSE, BUT RESTRICTED HIMSELF TO RECITING THE ANGELUS PRAYER AND THE BLESSING.

    POPE JOHN SAID HE HOPED THE COUNCIL WOULD BE ABLE TO FINISH ITS WORK BY CHRISTMAS OF NEXT YEAR. HE DESCRIBED THE FIRST SESSION AS A SLOW AND SOLEMN INTRODUCTION. IT HAD BEEN A GOOD BEGINNING BUT MUCH REMAINED TO BE DONE.

    (ALTHOUGH THE ONLY MEASURE FINALLY APPROVED IN THE OPENING SESSION WAS THE FIRST CHAPTER OF A LITURGY DECREE, THE REAL IMPACT OF THE SESSION WILL MAKE ITSELF FELT WHEN THE COUNCIL RESUMES NEXT SEPTEMBER. MEANWHILE, COUNCIL COMMISSIONS WILL USE THE NINE-MONTH INTERVAL TO REVISE AND PERFECT DRAFT PROJECTS ACCORDING TO WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED OF THE ASSEMBLY'S TRUE TEMPER).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA36Y0ZBH0NK2XMQB5BFU1Y9XL4
    Media URN:
    VLVA36Y0ZBH0NK2XMQB5BFU1Y9XL4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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