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This Hour has Seven Days: Politics, religion, sex and football

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Getting behind the headlines, Seven Days finds out why the Liberal government sent an opposition leader to Congo as its emissary. But first, two cardinals explain why religious freedom remains an unresolved issue at the Second Vatican Council. Back on Canadian soil, a profile of Hamilton Tiger Cat Angelo Mosca captures a whiff of Grey Cup fever, British pin-up June Wilkinson talks acting and the Seven Days cameras attend the funeral of Canadian Communist Party leader Leslie Morris. Finally, the show wraps with a tribute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy on the first anniversary of his assassination.

Medium: Television
Program: This Hour has Seven Days
Broadcast Date: Nov. 22, 1964
Guest(s): Billy Joe Booth, Don Estes, John F. Kennedy, Paul-Émile Léger, Ken Lehman, Merle Miller, Angelo Mosca, Gregory Peck, Joseph Ritter, Ralph Sazio, Robert Thompson, June Wilkinson
Host: John Drainie, Laurier LaPierre, Carol Simpson
Reporter: Tom Koch, Warner Troyer, Larry Zolf, Robert Hoyt
Duration: 56:20

Did You know?


• The Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, better known as Vatican II, was convened by Pope John XIII. He did not live to see the outcome of the council that gathered thousands of bishops, lay members and non-Catholics together over four sessions held between 1962 to 1965. Often described as revolutionary, the Second Vatican Council was closed by Pope Paul VI on Dec., 16, 1965. Cardinal Leger, interviewed in this clip, read one of the final addresses at the closing session.


• External Affairs Minister Paul Martin Sr. tapped Robert Thompson as an emissary to Africa due to his extensive experience in the region and his friendly relations with many African leaders, including Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. Word of Thompson's appointment to the mission caused quite a stir in the House of Commons, prompting over an hour and a half of debate on the floor questioning why Martin didn't send someone from within his own ministry.

• Angelo Mosca played 15 seasons in the CFL, suiting up for nine Grey Cup games and winning five. The powerhouse defensive tackle played most of his career for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, but spent two seasons with the Ottawa Rough Riders and one with the Montreal Alouettes. Named a CFL All-Star in 1963 and 1970, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1987.


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