Page 1, 14th May 1954

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Organisations: Sacred College
Locations: BERLIN, Rome


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White horses for III. Pius procession


Three Consistories next Thursday

ABERLIN carriage drawn by six white horses will take the body of Blessed Pius X through the streets of Rome from St. Peter's to the Basilica of St, Mary Major on the afternoon of May 30, the day after the solemn canonisation ceremony in St. Peter's Square.

The carriage is of a type first used in Berlin in the I 7th century. Generally it carried two people, with a platform at the rear as well as the driver's seat in front.

Thousands of men of Catholic Action will walk in procession in front of and behind the carriage on its way along the Corso Vittorio. the Via Nazionale and the Via De Pretis.

The body of the newly proclaimed saint will rest in the Basilica for the customary triduum and two more days.

Most of the members of the Sacred College—including Cardinal Griffin -are expected to gather about the Papal throne in the Square for the canonisation ceremony, together with hundreds of Archbishops and Bishops. some of whom have already arrived in Rome from distant countries.

Among the Cardinals. prelates. priests and laity gathered in the Square listening, to the proclamation will be many who knew Blessed Pius X well. The present Pope and a considerable number of Cardinals. Bishops and priests constantly saw hint during his Pontificate. and marry Romans still living saw him at audiences in the Vatican.

Safe to proceed

The "tuto" decrees concerning Blessed Pius and of Blessed Maria di Rosa and Blessed Peter t handl. the French priest-martyr. who are to he canonised on June 13, were posted in the churches of Rome last week. This decree states that it is safe to proceed to canonisation, Next Thursday the Holy Father will hold three Consistories they will he briefer ceremonies than usual —for the canonisation of Blessed Pius, Blessed Peter Chanel, Blessed Gaspare del Bufalo, Blessed Domenico Savio. Blessed Joseph Pignatelli and Blessed Maria di Rosa, The Secret Consistory will be followed by a Public Consistory' and then a semi public one. All the Patriarchs, Archbishops and Bishops residing within a 90-mile radius of Rome have been invited to the last of the three to give their votes on the canonisations,

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