Saturday, March 02, 2019

The 80th Anniversary of the Election of Pope Pius XII

From the archives of British Pathé - on this day in 1939, Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected to the Papacy, taking the name Pius XII; it was also also his 63th birthday. As is occasionally the case with these old newsreels, there are a few comic moments; note the gestures of the Cardinal (Camillo Caccia) who announces the new Pope’s name, and the weird distortion of Pius’ voice when he speaks into the microphone.

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