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.
The Pontiff’s last breath freed him of the agony which brought the world to his side by every modern means of communication for a four-day sorrowful vigil.
Within minutes after the Pope’s death Vatican Radio announced:
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the death of our beloved Pope John XXIII. His Holiness, whose kindness and humility have won the…
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