PRESIDENTS TRUMAN AND WEIZMANN President Truman greets Chaim Weizmann, leader of the new Jewish State in Palestine, and receives from him a "Torah," or sacred scroll. The Israeli President, hoping for a lifting of the arms embargo, later sails from New York on the first leg of a journey to the Holy Land.
RELIGIOUS CELEBRATIONS IN FRANCE In France religious celebrations include pilgrims flocking to the spot where the Second Holy Crusade of the Middle Ages started in Vezelay. Elsewhere night ceremonies honor the 9th century holy man and village namesake in St. Clair, France.
21ST ECUMENICAL COUNCIL - VATICAN In St. Peter's Square, 2,500 bishops attend the 21st Ecumenical Council called by Pope John XXIII to modernize church doctrine and lead the way toward Christian unity.
ELECTION OF POPE PAUL VI The College of Cardinals meets to elect a successor to Pope John XXIII. The conclave takes place in the Sistine Chapel covered with frescoes created by Michaelangelo. Ballots are burned in the traditional stove and the smoke signals the election of Pope Paul VI.
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