• Short Summary

    CUT OFF FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD IN SECRET CONCLAVE, 80 CARDINALS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY) PREPARED TO ELECT A NEW POPE.

  • Description

    CUT OFF FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD IN SECRET CONCLAVE, 80 CARDINALS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY) PREPARED TO ELECT A NEW POPE. FORMING THE LARGEST CONCLAVE IN THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH, THE CARDINALS WILL STAY LOCKED IN THE SISTINE CHAPEL AT THE VATICAN UNTIL ONE OF THEM HAS BEEN CHOSEN TO SUCCEED POPE JOHN.

    TOMORROW THEY BEGIN A SERIES OF BALLOTS WHICH WILL CONTINUE UNTIL ONE ALONE RECEIVES THE NECESSARY TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY OF THE VOTES. OVERLOOKING THE CARDINALS' THRONES IS MICHELANGELO'S SPLENDID FRESCO -- "THE LAST JUDGMENT".

    BEFORE GOING INTO CONCLAVE, THE CARDINALS CELEBRATED A SPECIAL MASS IN ST. PETER'S BASILICA TO ASK DIVINE GUIDANCE IN CHOOSING A NEW PONTIFF. THEY TOOK THEIR PLACES CLAD IN ROBES OF VIOLET, THEIR COLOUR OF MOURNING FOR POPE JOHN WHO DIED 16 DAYS AGO - ONE OF THE BEST-LOVED POPES IN MODERN TIMES. CARDINAL EUGENE TISSERANT, THE BEARDED FRENCH DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS, CELEBRATED THE MASS.

    CARDINAL MONTINI OF MILAN IS STILL FAVOURED BY OBSERVES AS THE MOST LIKELY PAPAL CANDIDATE. HE IS REGARDED AS A PROGRESSIVE AND HAS EXPRESSED SUPPORT FOR POPE JOHN'S POLICIES, AS HAS CARDINAL LERCARO OF BOLOGNA, ANOTHER PROGRESSIVE.

    IT IS GENERALLY THOUGHT THAT THE NEW POPE WILL AGAIN BE AN ITALIAN, FOLLOWING A 400-YEAR-OLD TRADITION. THE ARMENIAN CARDINAL AGAGIANIAN IS CONSIDERED THE LEADING NON-ITALIAN CANDIDATE.

    THE ELECTION MAY TAKE A DAY, A WEEK, OR A MONTH. AND THE WORLD WILL ONLY KNOW WHO HAS BEEN CHOSEN AS LEADER OF ITS 500 MILLION CATHOLICS WHEN HE IS LED ON TO THE BALCONY OF ST. PETER'S--RESPLENDENT IN WHITE, CRIMSON AND GOLD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC48LA2XGI556PEPQAWWKB1AX1
    Media URN:
    VLVAC48LA2XGI556PEPQAWWKB1AX1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/06/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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