• Short Summary

    THE POPE'S CONDITION WAS "EXTREMELY GRAVE" TONIGHT (TUESDAY). AN OFFICIAL BULLETIN REVEALED THAT HIS STOMACH?

  • Description

    THE POPE'S CONDITION WAS "EXTREMELY GRAVE" TONIGHT (TUESDAY). AN OFFICIAL BULLETIN REVEALED THAT HIS STOMACH DISORDER IS CAUSED BY A TUMOUR WHICH HAS AFFLICTED HIM FOR A YEAR. THE TUMOUR IS BELIEVED TO BE CANCEROUS.

    AFTER A MARKED RESUMPTION SEVERAL DAYS AGO, THE HAEMORRHAGE HAD BEEN DIMINISHED, THE BULLETIN SAID. THE ORGANIC EFFECTS OF HIS AFFLICTION HAD, THE BULLETIN CONTINUED, BEEN LIMITED UP TO TODAY BY THE TREATMENT ADOPTED.

    POPE JOHN, 81, HEARD MASS CELEBRATED THIS MORNING IN THE STUDY NEXT TO HIS BEDROOM AND TOOK COMMUNION. HE TWICE RECEIVED CARDINAL CICOGNANI, HIS SECRETARY OF STATE, WHO TOLD HIM THAT THE WHOLE WORLD WAS PRAYING FOR HIM. OUTSIDE, THOUSANDS OF PILGRIMS CONTINUED THEIR VIGIL IN ST. PETER'S SQUARE.

    AFTER A BRIEF PAUSE THE POPE REPLIED, ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL ACCOUNT: "AS THE WHOLE WORLD PRAYS FOR THE SICK POPE, IT IS QUITE NATURAL THAT AN INTENTION BE GIVEN TO THIS SUPPLICATION; IF GOD DESIRES THE SACRIFICE OF THE POPE'S LIFE, MAY IT SERVE TO BRING DOWN COPIOUS FAVOURS ON THE ECUMENICAL COUNCIL, ON THE HOLY CHURCH, AND ON HUMANITY WHICH ASPIRES TO PEACE."
    HE WAS VISITED TODAY BY PROFESSOR VALDONI, THE SURGEON, AS WELL AS BY HIS PERSONAL DOCTOR, PROFESSOR GASBARRINI, AND PROFESSOR MAZZONI, WHO AGAIN SPENT THE NIGHT IN THE PALACE.

    (A VATICAN SPOKESMAN TONIGHT REPORTED AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE POPE'S CONDITION COMPARED WITH THIS MORNING.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3RN2EERBKVH5W73O02YQ3PV5N
    Media URN:
    VLVA3RN2EERBKVH5W73O02YQ3PV5N
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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