Originally posted on CNS Blog:
Editor’s Note: Fifty years ago this evening, Pope John XXIII died in his apartment in Vatican City. This is the unedited version of our story reporting on his death.
POPE JOHN DEAD AT 81 AT 7:49 P.M.
JUNE 3 AFTER FINAL FOUR-DAY AGONY;
LAST WORDS WERE PRAYER FOR UNITY
By Msgr. James Tucek
VATICAN CITY, June 3–A worldwide death watch came to an end at 7:49 p.m. (2:49 p.m. EDT) June 3, almost 20 hours after Pope John XXIII murmured his last words praying for the union of all Christians.
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