Our story reporting the death of Pope John XXIII

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.

An image of Pope John XXIII appeared on the front page of the June 3, 1963, photo news sheet that was published weekly by the predecessor to today's Catholic News Service. (CNS photo)

An image of Pope John XXIII appeared on the front page of the June 3, 1963, photo news sheet that was published weekly by the predecessor to today’s Catholic News Service. The headline above the photo says “Pope John stricken by recurring ailment,” and the caption said this was the “most recent photo released officially by the Vatican.” (CNS photo)

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