ECUMENICAL COUNCIL REOPENS Carrying on the work of his predecessor, Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI reconvenes the Ecumenical Council with new appeals for unity among Christian faiths. Nearly 3,000 Cardinals, Bishops and other Church dignitaries are joined by 52 observer-delegates representing non-Catholic faiths at the opening session. Along with a search for unity the Pope hopes to bring about reforms within the Church itself.
CARDINALS PREPARE TO ELECT 262ND PONTIFF Vatican City is the focus of world attention as the college of Cardinals meets to elect a new pope. They will live behind locked doors until a decision is reached on a successor to Pope John XXIII. The conclave takes place in the Sistine Chapel decorated with frescoes painted by Michelangelo.
POPE OPENS 2ND VATICAN COUNCIL Priests disembark a Pam Am airliner to take part in the Second Vatican Council. A mass gathering of faithful Christians surrounds Pope John XXIII, who opens the Council inside St. Peter's Basilica.
Date: October 11, 1962 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:01:22:00, No Audio
PRESIDENT GRONCHI & THE POPE - 1955 His Holiness Pope Pius XII gives a formal audience to Italy's President Giovanni Gronchi. The treaty between the Vatican and Italy is renewed in accordance with papal tradition and President Gronchi's associates also receive a papal blessing.
Date: December 6, 1955 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: BetaSP Length: 00:00:31:00, With Audio
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