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Organisations: Pontifical Court
Locations: Vatican City, Rome


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Huge gathering at St. Peter's

LL over the Catholic world on Tuesday Catholics will be going to morning or evening Masses to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the Holy Father's coronation.

In Rome itself there will be a huge gathering when the Pope himself goes to St. Peter's to preside at Pontifical High Mass celebrated by the Archpriest of his Cathedral of St. John La tera n, Cardinal Aloisi Masella.

In England the principal celebration will be Pontifical High Mass sung by Bishop Craven. with the Apostolic Delegate presiding, at 11 a.m. in the London Oratory.

Members of Catholic societies who wish to -vend a representative to this. Mass should write to the Rev. Secretary, 54, Parkside, S.W


Archbishop Godfrey sent a message of congratulations and the assurance of prayers to the Holy Father. and has received the following message from Mgr. Dell'Acqua, Deputy Papal Secretary of State : " The Holy Father is grateful for your devoted message on the occasion of his anniversary and cordially imparts to Your Grace, the clergy, religious and faithful of your archdiocese his paternal Apostolic Blessing."

All the Cardinals resident in or visiting Rome will accompany the Holy Father in St. Peter's, and with them will he the diplomatic envoys of more than 40 nations and prelates and other members of the Pontifical Court and the Roman Curia.

"I he Mass and the Holy Father's blessing at the close will be broadcast by Vatican Radio.

The Pope spent his 81st birthday last Saturday as a normal working day: the only outward visible celebration was the flying of thc Papal flag over the buildings in Vatican City and over the Papal offices in other parts of Rome.

Many thousands of messages arrived for His Holiness from most parts of the world.


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