Scenes surrounding the death of the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in 1939.
Unused / unissued material - no paperwork - dates unclear or unknown.
Vatican City, Rome, Italy
The Papal flag flies at half mast. Pan across St Peter's Square. Views of the Vatican. Paper boy sells papers announcing death of Pope Pius XI. People gather outside Vatican and in St. Peter's Square. A woman crosses herself several times. Flag at half mast. CU face of corpse of Pope Pius XI. CU Newspaper headline in Italian announcing death of Pope. More Vatican shots. People reads newspapers. Roman Catholic priests and monks reads news. CU of shuttered windows in Vatican. More priests reading papers and standing in prayer. Women and children on knees praying. Shot of dead Pope. Still of cardinals around the Pope's death bed.
N.B. Pope Pius XI died in February 1939. This is definitely that event rather than the death of Pope Pius II which happened in 1464.