After driving in procession through the streets of Rome, November 23, Pope John 23 officially took possession of the Basilica of St.
G.V. POPE'S CAR LEAVING ST. PETER'S SQUARE.
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Background: After driving in procession through the streets of Rome, November 23, Pope John 23 officially took possession of the Basilica of St. John in Lateran in his capacity as Bishop of Rome.
Before entering the basilica, the Mother Church of Rome, Pope John entered the Lateran Palace (the same building as the basilica) where he received the homage of the Mayor of Rome. From the palace entrance to the main entrance of the basilica the Pope was carried in procession seated on the Sedia Gestatoria.
As he entered the cathedral he was offered the keys, received the homage of the archpriest and accepted the adorations of the Lateran Chapter. Enthroned in the basilica, he received the homage of the cardinals and, during the age-old ceremonial, left a silken bag on the altar as an offering to the church.
Passing through an inner door, the Pope climbed up to a palace balcony, from where he blessed the crowds waiting in the huge square outside the cathedral.
The Pope was accompanied on his visit to the cathedral by Cardinal Tisserant, the Dean of the Sacred College, and by Cardinal Canali.