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Pope John XXIII chosen in 1958

The new Pope has been chosen - he is Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, and he has taken the name John XXIII.  As we hear in this 1958 report for CBC Television's Newsmagazine, the reputedly jovial new pontiff is robust and energetic, a stark contrast to his frail, ascetic predecessor, Pius XII.
• Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was born Nov. 25, 1881, and died on June 3, 1963. He was elected Pope on Oct. 28, 1958 and took the name John XXIII.

• The Globe and Mail newspaper reported on October 30 that the Pope's coronation would take place Nov. 4, 1958, on the feast day of St. Charles Borromeo. Roncalli admired the saint, a patron of learning and the arts who was known for his humility and devotion to reforming the Church.

Medium: Television
Program: Newsmagazine
Broadcast Date: Nov. 2, 1958
Duration: 1:49

Last updated: February 22, 2013

Page consulted on February 22, 2013

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