The Papal conclave of 1963. Aerial view of the Vatican City. Preparation for the conclave underway. A trailer towed by a truck enters a square. Furniture is unloaded from the trailer. A man carries a mattress. The conclave takes place in the Sistine Chapel. Frescoes by Michaelangelo in the Chapel. Men prepare for the meet The Chapel is carpeted. The traditional stove in which the ballots would be burned. The College of Cardinals meets to elect the 262nd Pontiff, the successor to Pope John XXIII.
The cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel. An African Cardinal. Cardinal Francis Spellman from New York. Cardinal Richard Cushing from Boston. Photographers click pictures.
View of crowd, nearly 250,000 people at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. The rites that solemnize the elevation of Giovanni Cardinal Montini to the Chair of St. Peter are carried out with all of the traditional pomp, dignity and splendor of the Church. Dignitaries from many countries are seated. From the Vatican Palace the procession moves through the Square to an altar erected on the steps of St. Peter's. The ceremonies are held outdoors. The Pope celebrates a Pontifical Mass and then is crowned with the triple tiara. He promises to carry on the work of Pope John XXIII.
United States sailors visit St Peter's Square and the City of Vatican, Rome. People walk at St Peter's Square in Vatican City, Rome. People walk around a fountain at St Peter's Square.
Workers place torches over the Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy. Wide and close up views of workers climbing with ropes around their waists on the dome roof of Saint Peter's Basilica, carrying large baskets, and setting the torches in place. High view of Rome and Vatican City as seen from atop Saint Peter's Basilica. Night view as twenty five thousand flaming torches light up the Basilica to celebrate the occasion of Sir Thomas More and Bishop John Fisher becoming the First English Saints to be canonized in the Catholic faith since reformation.
Pope Paul VI seated on throne during Ecumenical Council's second session in Vatican City. Pope makes statement to visit Jerusalem. Large gathering of church bishops. Large statue behind Pope. Pope reads. All bishops head down during some holy ceremony. Pope on throne during parade.
Final honors for Pope John XXIII. A large number of people in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City. People gather to pay their last respects to Pope John XXIII. The body of Pope John XXIII is borne from the the Papal apartments to St. Peter's Basilica. People and photographers try to capture photographs of the ceremony. A procession follows as pall bearers carry the body of the Pope on a bier. A nun joins her hands in prayer. The body is carried into the Basilica head first. The body is put on a catafalque on the main altar. People pass by the catafalque. Lit candles near the catafalque.