• Short Summary

    A CROWD OF MORE THAN 30,000 PEOPLE, MANY OF THEM WEEPING, WERE RISING FROM THEIR KNEES AT THE END OF AN OPEN AIR MASS IN ST.

  • Description

    A CROWD OF MORE THAN 30,000 PEOPLE, MANY OF THEM WEEPING, WERE RISING FROM THEIR KNEES AT THE END OF AN OPEN AIR MASS IN ST. PETER'S SQUARE, IN THE VATICAN LAST NIGHT (MONDAY) WHEN LOUD SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED THAT POPE JOHN HAD DIED.

    THE SUN WAS SINKING BEHIND THE GREAT DOME OF THE BASILICA WHEN THE POPE'S DRAMATIC FOUR-DAY FIGHT AGAINST HIS ILLNESS ENDED. A FEW MINUTES AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT, THE GREAT BELLS BEGAN TO TOLL. ALL THE LIGHTS IN THE PAPAL APARTMENTS WERE EXTINGUISHED EXCEPT THE ROOM IN WHICH THE BODY OF POPE JOHN LAY.

    NUNS AND PRIESTS WERE MINGLED WITH THE CROWD, MOSTLY ROMAN CITIZENS, WHO WEPT AS THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE. MANY KNELT IN PRAYER, REMEMBERING THE FATHERLY FIGURE IN WHITE - THE "POPE OF THE PEOPLE" AS HE HAD COME TO BE KNOWN DURING HIS FOUR AND A HALF YEARS REIGN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6PIXZEES2T7FIGR8BG5UVV7IV
    Media URN:
    VLVA6PIXZEES2T7FIGR8BG5UVV7IV
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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