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    POPE JOHN XXIII IS DEAD.THE 81-YEAR-OLD PONTIFF DIED EARLY TODAY (SATURDAY).HIS HOLINESS PASSED AWAY QUIETLY?

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    POPE JOHN XXIII IS DEAD.THE 81-YEAR-OLD PONTIFF DIED EARLY TODAY (SATURDAY).HIS HOLINESS PASSED AWAY QUIETLY AFTER A SUDDEN RELAPSE CAUSED BY HIS YEAR-OLD STOMACH TUMOUR.

    THE WORDS "VERA PAPA MORTUUS EST" (IN TRUTH THE POPE IS DEAD) WERE SPOKEN BESIDE THE PONTIFF'S DEATHBED IN THE VATICAN PALACE.HIS RELATIVES AND CLOSE ASSOCIATES WERE WITH HIM AS HE DIED.

    LARGE CROWDS THAT HAD GATHERED IN ST.PETER'S SQUARE SINCE NIGHTFALL KNELT IN PRAYER AS NEWS OF THE POPE'S DEATH WAS ANNOUNCED.THIS MORNING, THE BODY OF POPE JOHN, CLAD IN A BISHOP'S RED ROBES, WILL BE CARRIED IN PROCESSION TO ST.PETER'S FOR THE TRADITIONAL THREE DAYS PUBLIC LYING-IN-STATE.

    THERE, WHILE FLAGS FLY AT HALF MAST AND BELLS TOLL, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WILL FILE PAST THE BIER TO PAY THEIR LAST RESPECTS.FOR THE FUNERAL SERVICE, THE BODY WRAPPED IN RED, WILL BE LAID IN A CYPRESS COFFIN.

    (POPE JOHN SUCCEEDED DURING HIS 4 1/2-YEAR REIGN IN RADICALLY CHANGING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH'S IMAGE IN THE FIELD OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS.THOUGH IT WOULD BE WRONG TO SAY THE CHURCH WAS REGARDED AS "REACTIONARY" WHEN HE BEGAN TO RULE AND "PROGRESSIVE" WHEN HE DIED, FEW CAN DENY THAT HIS PERSONALITY AND APPROACH TO MODERN WORLD PROBLEMS MADE A GREAT IMPACT ON MILLIONS.

    (HIS CHAMPIONSHIP OF PEACE, NON-VIOLENCE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, HIS PLEA FOR BANISHMENT OF POVERTY AND INEQUALITY WON HIM UNIVERSAL LOVE AND RESPECT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3XDM1LZ1BFMP3GI9WMJKDUDD4
    Media URN:
    VLVA3XDM1LZ1BFMP3GI9WMJKDUDD4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/06/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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