For the first time in history newsreel cameras record the ancient pageantry of the Papal Coronation.
General views huge crowd in front of St. Peters / Bell's tolling, clock at 1.10 / Crowd around steps of St. Peter's / Joseph Kennedy (US Ambassador) & wife / Kennedy smiling / Cardinal Hinsley & Duke of Norfolk, both remove hats / Duke of Norfolk smiles / Massed crowd / soldiers in colourful uniforms / General views huge crowd in front of St. Peter's / Prince Humbert & Wife out of St. Peters / guards present arms / Pope being borne on Sedia Gestatoria into the Basilica / Cardinals paying homage in Clementine Chapel / Pope borne away on the Gestatoria to balcony / crowd cheering on balcony / Pope arrives on balcony and blesses crowd / crowd cheer / Pope sits down on seat on balcony / Dominioni removes mitre from pope's head. Long view of crowd. Semi view Dominioni places the Triple Crown on Pope's head / Triple Crown on Pope's head / General view crowd cheering / Pope stands up & speaks, wearing full vestments of Vicar of Christ / Pope giving the Pontifical Blessing in Latin / crowd "Amen" / Pope making the Apostolic Benediction / General view mass crowd in Square.
Religion and Superstition; Ceremonies - Religious; Pope Pius XII (1939-58), Personalities - Religious; Self-Reference
Background: For the first time in history newsreel cameras record the ancient pageantry of the Papal Coronation.