• Short Summary

    POPE JOHN,TODAY RECEIVED THE BALZAN PEACE PRIZE FROM PRESIDENT ANTONIO SEGNI OF ITALY AT A CEREMONY WHICH STARTED IN THE VATICAN THRONE ROOM AND ENDED AT SAINT PETER'S BASILICA.

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    POPE JOHN,TODAY RECEIVED THE BALZAN PEACE PRIZE FROM PRESIDENT ANTONIO SEGNI OF ITALY AT A CEREMONY WHICH STARTED IN THE VATICAN THRONE ROOM AND ENDED AT SAINT PETER'S BASILICA.

    THE 81-YEAR-OLD PONTIFF, SPEAKING FIRMLY AND IN FRENCH TO A DISTINGUISHED AUDIENCE IN THE BRILLIANTLY-LIT BASILICA, RENEWED HIS APPEALS FOR MEN TO AVOID VIOLENCE. "PEACE IS A HOUSE, THE HOUSE OF ALL," HE SAID."
    AFTER NOTING THAT IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY A POPE HAD BEEN AWARDED A PEACE PRIZE, HE SAID HE WOULD "PRESERVE HUMBLY IN HIS ACTION AT THE SERVICE OF MEN AND THE PEACE OF THE WORLD."
    THE BALZAN AWARD, A GOLDEN MEDALLION AND CHAIN, WAS HANDED TO POPE JOHN IN THE THRONE ROOM BY THE 72-YEAR-OLD ITALIAN PRESIDENT, SIGNOR ANTONIO SEGNI. THE AWARD CARRIES WITH IT A MONEY PRIZE OF ONE MILLION SWISS FRANCS, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO GO TO CHARITY.

    AFTER A PROCESSION TO SAINT PETER'S, POPE JOHN WAS PRESENTED WITH THE CITATION OF THE AWARD BY FORMER ITALIAN PRESIDENT GIOVANNI GRONCHI, CHAIRMAN OF THE BALZAN PRIZE COMMITTEE.

    AMONG THE DISTINGUISHED CONGREGATION WHICH INCLUDED CARDINAL STEFAN WYSZYNSKI, PRIMATE OF POLAND, WERE OTHER CARDINALS, POLITICIANS, DIPLOMATS, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF FOREIGN CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS INCLUDING MR. SERGEI ROMANOVSKI, PRESIDENT OF THE SOVIET COMMITTEE FOR FOREIGN CULTURAL RELATIONS.

    SPEECHES ILLUSTRATING POPE JOHN'S ACTIVITIES FOR PEACE WERE MADE BY SIGNOR GRONCHI AND BY M. PHILIPP ETTER, SWISS STATESMAN AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BALZAN FINANCE COMMITTEE.

    THE INTERNATIONAL BALZAN FOUNDATION, NAMED AFTER A MILAN JOURNALIST, WAS SET UP IN 1961 AT ZURICH.

    POPE JOHN WAS AWARDED THE PEACE PRIZE FOR HIS EFFORTS TO RECONCILE NATIONS AND FAITHS OF THE WORLD IN A BROTHERHOOD OF PEACE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE52C4H1UKYR4C3M2UAAY59A3C
    Media URN:
    VLVAE52C4H1UKYR4C3M2UAAY59A3C
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/05/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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