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    FROM THE FIELDS, THE FACTORIES AND THE HOMES, CROWDS BEGAN SILENTLY FILING PAST POPE JOHN XXIII TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AS HE LAY IN STATE BENEATH THE GREAT MICHELANGELO DOME OF ST.

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    FROM THE FIELDS, THE FACTORIES AND THE HOMES, CROWDS BEGAN SILENTLY FILING PAST POPE JOHN XXIII TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AS HE LAY IN STATE BENEATH THE GREAT MICHELANGELO DOME OF ST. PETER'S BASILICA IN ROME.

    THE PONTIFF LIES ON A 6 FT.-HIGH CATAFALQUE IN THE BASILICA NAVE BEFORE THE MAIN ALTAR OF ST. PETER. HE IS CLAD IN PONTIFICAL ROBES WITH A GOLDEN MITRE ON HIS HEAD.

    IN ST. PETER'S SQUARE, A SEA OF UMBRELLAS APPEARED WHEN RAIN BEGAN TO FALL DURING THE MORNING. THE MOURNERS WERE NOT DETERRED. MANY THOUSANDS OF THEM SHUFFLED DOWN THE BASILICA'S CENTRAL NAVE TO THE BIER WHERE THE GREY-FACED POPE LAY.

    PEOPLE CROSSED THEMSELVES BEFORE THE BIER, SOME LINGERING TO PRAY AND GAZE ON THE POPE FOR THE FINAL TIME. AT EITHER SIDE OF THE BIER STOOD THREE MEN OF THE POPE'S ARMED SERVICES -- AN OFFICER OF THE NOBLE GUARD WITH DRAWN SWORD POINTING DOWNWARDS, A SWISS BODYGUARD IN STEEL HELMET AND A PIKE AND A PALATINE GUARD IN DARK-BLUE UNIFORM WITH A RIFLE.

    SIXTEEN CANDLES BURNED ON BRONZE CANDLE-STICKS. POPE JOHN'S BODY LAY ON A GOLDEN-EMBROIDERED CRIMSON DRAPING, THE HANDS IN EMBROIDERED RED GLOVES CLUTCHING THE CRUCIFIX THE PONTIFF HELD IN HIS DEATH AGONY.

    SPECIAL SERVICES WERE HELD IN THE VILLAGE CHURCH OF SOTTO IL MONTE -- THE LITTLE COMMUNITY WHERE POPE JOHN GREW UP AND WHERE HIS FAMILY STILL LIVES. THE POPE SPOKE OF THE PLACE IN HIS DIARIES, FROM WHICH EXTRACTS WERE PUBLISHED TODAY. "IN SOTTO IL MONTE", HE WROTE, "MY BROTHERS COME TO KEEP ME COMPANY, AND THIS IS DEARER TO ME THAN THE COMPANY OF PRINCES."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7PQB9HPQH7W5GFFPYW7CYKNDZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7PQB9HPQH7W5GFFPYW7CYKNDZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/06/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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