Thursday, 18 January 2007

Papal Footage



H/T to Fr Ray Blake for this rare footage of the great Leo XIII, the Pope of Rerum Novarum, Aeterni Patris and Apostolicae Curae - amazing to think, as you watch the brief film, that he was born five years before Waterloo and appointed a titular archbishop by Gregory XVI!

I consequently found this interesting film of Pius XI, looking rather uncomfortable in front of the camera (but it's great to hear his voice):



And a film about the last days of John Paul I - notable for showing one of the last occasions (so far!) that the sedia was used:


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Blogger Ttony said...

This was really worth watching. "JPI died of a heart attack and there were lots of silly rumours because that's the way things were in Italy at that time. He was a really nice man"

O si sic omnes!

7:39 pm  
Blogger Mark said...

Father, Thank you so much for sharing these! I found John Paul I's homily quite moving. I wish I knew more about his teachings, despite his brief pontificate.

Is the narrator for that Francesco da Mosta, who did the Venice/Italy programs?

8:34 pm  
Blogger Fr Nicholas said...

I posted the JPI programme for the footage at the beginning (which I hadn't seen before) rather than the content of the narration (which is poorly translated and rather OTT).

The voice does sound a bit like the voice of da Mosta - but I'd be surprised if it was him, partly because I think it dates from the time of JPI's death.

11:23 pm  
Blogger Mark said...

Well, at least you know who I mean, Father. I was worried I was in some timewarp/parallel dimension...maybe I still am, because it just can't be him.

10:06 pm  
Blogger LL said...

The wonderful thing about the footage of Pope John Paul I on the sedia is that one immediately sees how practical it is for the pontiff to be raised up over the people in the Audience Hall.

After all, they pilgrims have gone to Rome to see him and nowadays when one goes to Rome, and if you're short like me, you just see the hands of the crowds in front of you!

Raised up on the sedia, we all get a fair view of the Holy Father! In the name of 'inclusivity' etc they should bring it back!

3:34 pm  
Blogger Sir J. said...

Thanks for the JPI footage! I liked it very much.

4:29 am  
Blogger Jeff said...

Wow the translation was horrendous, but the film was wonderful. These old films are such treasures of the church, especially those of Popes Leo XIII and Pius XI. Thanks for the posing.

4:58 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

Wow the translation was horrendous, but the footage is great. These films really are treasures of the church, especially those of Popes Leo XIII and Pius XI. Thanks for the posing.

4:59 pm  

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