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    THE BODY OF POPE JOHN WAS BORNE TO ST.PETER'S BASILICA THIS EVENING (TUESDAY).IT WAS A?

  • Description

    THE BODY OF POPE JOHN WAS BORNE TO ST.PETER'S BASILICA THIS EVENING (TUESDAY).IT WAS A SOMBRE CORTEGE WITH FLICKERING CANDLES THAT CARRIED HIS BODY FOR THE LYING-IN-STATE IN THE WORLD'S BIGGEST CHURCH.

    THE BODY, BORNE ON A LITTER, ENTERED THE BASILICA THROUGH THE GREAT CENTRAL PORTAL JUST UNDER FIVE YEARS SINCE POPE JOHN FIRST APPEARED BEFORE THE CHEERING MULTITUDES IN ST.PETER'S SQUARE.THE BASILICA'S BELL TOLLED A DEATH KNELL AS THE LONG PROCESSION CAME OUT BY THE BIG BRONZE DOOR OF THE VATICAN PALACE INTO THE SQUARE.

    SILENT CROWDS WATCHED THE CORTEGE.

    ACCOMPANYING THE BODY WERE TROOPS OF THE PALATINE GUARD, SWISS GUARDS, THE NOBLE GUARDS, STUDENT PRIESTS, CARDINALS AND OTHERS.THE JULIAN CHOIR CHANTED SOLEMN HYMNS.AS THEY PASSED, TROOPS OF THE ITALIAN ARMED FORCES PRESENTED ARMS.

    THE POPE, CARRIED BY HIS THRONE-BEARERS, WAS CLAD IN PONTIFICAL RED ROBES WITH A GOLDEN MITRE, HIS HANDS FOLDED AROUND A CRUCIFIX.MANY PEOPLE WEPT.AS THE LITTER WAS BORNE SLOWLY UP THE STEPS OF THE BASILICA, IT WAS MET BY THE CLERGY OF ST.PETER'S AND ESCORTED UP THE CENTRAL AISLE.IT MOVED BETWEEN THE EMPTY TIERS OF SEATS INSTALLED FOR THE ECUMENICAL COUNCIL.SWISS GUARDS LINED THE AISLE AND A PSALM OF DAVID, THE 30TH, WAS CHANTED.

    THE BODY WAS PUT DOWN BEFORE THE ALTAR FOR PRAYERS AND THE BLESSING.THEN CAME THE PUBLIC RECITAL OF THE ROSARY.THE BODY WILL LIE IN STATE UNTIL THURSDAY EVENING TO RECEIVE THE LAST TRIBUTES OF THE PEOPLE OF ROME.

    AFTERWARDS, THE BODY WILL BE TEMPORARILY LAID TO REST IN THE CRYPT OF ST.PETER'S BEFORE BEING BURIED IN THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ROME.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABQG1382EQFY5WZKS9RTFZUOXO
    Media URN:
    VLVABQG1382EQFY5WZKS9RTFZUOXO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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