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If you haven’t seen this documentary for Montini’s last years produced by RAI TRE, please do! A must! The years after the 2nd Vatican Council were very difficult years. During this period the Lefevre's schism took place; followed by the 1975 Jubilee Year, the murder of Aldo Moro, and the Pope's death on August 6, 1978. It was reported that Paul VI recited the Apostle’s words: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (4:7). The irony is that Paul VI has brought revolutionary changes modified everything in his pass. The faith was shaken, hundreds left the priesthood, and millions abandoned the church.
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The exchanges of ecumenical delegations and messages between Constantinople and Rome came into a climax with the election of new Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Dimitrios. The new Patriarch pursued the policy of his predecessor, Patriarch Athenagoras, and made relationships with the Sister Church of Rome a high priority.
Especially charged with emotions of joy and hope were the visits of December 1975, marking the 10th anniversary of the lifting of excommunications that the churches of Constantinople and Rome had conferred on each other during the 11th century of the revocation of the mutual excommunications.
On the 16th December, 1975, Metropolitan Meliton of Chalcedon, the envoy of Patriarch Demitrios I, brought formal word to Rome, and announced inside the Sistine Chapel during Mass and in the presence of Paul VI, that a Pan-Orthodox Commission had been set up to prepare the theological dialogue between the Catholic and the Orthodox churches. It was confirmed that the Patriarchate itself had established a special synodal commission for this dialogue. When he heard this announcement and had greeted formally the Orthodox delegation, Pope Paul VI astonished all present, and eventually the world, by going to Metropolitan Meliton, kneeling before him, and kissing his feet. In was an unprecedented gesture of humility, a Pope kissing the feet of another bishop not along a Greek Orthodox Metropolitan representing the head of the Eastern Church. Taken aback by the roman pontiff’s dramatic action, Meliton attempted to kiss the Pope’s feet in return but the Pope prevented him from doing so. Meliton instead kissed his hand.”
There is a book published by the Orthodox Church called 'Rome and Constantinople' with a sculpture of the dramatic incident on the cover:
A British friend of mine who used to live in Athens at the time told me that there was an extensive coverage of the event in the Greek press that caused a huge stir.
Two days later in Istanbul the Patriarch hailed the "spontaneous symbolic act" of Pope Paul, which he described as "an act without precedent in the history of the Church." He went on to say, "By this expressive sign our beloved brother the most venerable Pope of Rome . . . has shown to the Church and the world what a bishop, and above all the first Bishop of Christendom, can be, namely a force for reconciliation and for the unification of the Church and the world." (Op. cit., pp. 295-296).
Pope Paul VI was a well known wild card. He became known for his overly dramatic and unorthodox gestures. He had committed many similar acts on the spur of the moment.
During the meeting between the Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey and Pope Paul VI in 1966, Paul VI took off his Ring and put it on Ramsey’s finger.
When Paul VI entered the glorious church of Aghia Sophia in Constantinople (Istanbul) during his pastoral visit to Turkey in July 1967, he went to the exact place where the mutual excommunications took place between the two churches in 1054. CORBISPaul VI went down to his knees, opened his hands. looked up in prayer and wept for the division of the Church. He asked pardon for the blasphemy of the division. The Turkish government went livid that the Pope prayed despite his absolute promises that he would not do so. There is a 1967 black and white video produced by then Greek government describing Paul VI's voyage to Istanbul. He was the first pope in modern times to visit Turkey, a Muslim country. The dramatic event described above is shown (starting from 00:01:20….). The video evidently was narrated in Greek.
One of the most dramatic events took place on November 13, 1964, just before Paul VI's departure for an apostolic journey to India. In an unprecedented gesture and in the midst of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council, Paul VI descended the steps of the papal throne inside St Peter’s Basilica, walked to a portable altar and laid down his coronation tiara offering it as a gift for the poor of the world. It was a stunning gesture** of humility (!!!) that some interpreted as giving up the papacy. Paul VI was the last pope to be crowned. It comes at no one's surprise that Paul VI is Bergoglio’s alter ego whom he quotes in speeches and homilies quite frequently.
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Paul VI on his desk during the first years of his pontificate. He had requested an extensive renovation of the Apostolic Palace in his attempt to bring more humility into the Papal Household.
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A 1963 500-Lire Silver Coin issued by the Vatican City State with Paul VI’s Coat of Arms. Before the introduction of the euro, the world’s smallest state issued its own lira similar to the Italian lira. Nowadays, the euro is the official currency of the Vatican City, although the Vatican is not a member of the European Union. The Vatican has the right to issue 1,074, 000 euros in coins per year. But, as the ECB Commission noted, it “issues virtually all its circulation coins in collectors’ sets (in the euro area less than 1% of the coins are sold above face value in coin sets)”. In 2009, the ECB released its recommendation saying the Vatican should circulate at least 51% of the coins it issues, and suggested a joint committee to ensure this and other agreements between Brussels and the Holy See are actually implemented.
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As we are approaching the 50th anniversary from the election of Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini to the papacy. He took the name PAVLVS. Immediately after his election, new pope PAUL VI sits on a portable throne inside the Sistine Chapel on June 21, 1963.The new pope wearing a mitra aurifrigiata (aurifrigiatus means adorned with orphreys, gold-fringed) and the papal mantum sits on in front of the altar of the Sistine chapel. A tapestry was placed on the back of the altar. The cardinals sit on individual blue thrones with canopies down around the walls of the chapel. The only canopy that remained was of the cardinal who was elected pope. Each Cardinal is dressed in choir dress from the conclave and wearing the cappa magna approaches the New Pope and kneels before him to do him homage. Traditionally, the pope is sitting during the homage. Francis broke this tradition on March 3, 2013. As the new pope receives each cardinal next to him is Enrico Dante, the legendary Master of Papal Ceremonies.
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Excerpts from an article posted by RORATE CAELI (link provided at the end):On June 18, 1968, Pope Paul VI signed the Apostolic Constitution Pontificalis Romani, which put into effect the first part of the completely new liturgical book in the history of the Church imposed for use throughout the Latin Church, the new Rite of Ordination of Deacons, Priests, and Bishops of the new Roman Pontifical. The two men responsible for the distraction of the Roman Catholic Mass: Paul VI and Annibale Bugnini embracing each other inside St. Peter's BasilicaIt was not a mere liturgical reform, but a brand new product, a fruit of the frenetic work of the Consilium ad Exsequendam Constitutionem de Sacra Liturgia, under the presidency of Cardinals Lercaro and Gut and with the unifying influence of Monsignor Annibale Bugnini (Piero Marini's Master). After the profound reforms of some liturgical texts and rubrics in the post-Conciliar years, the New Rite of Ordination was something else entirely: a radically new text for a new People of God.Dom Bernard Botte, chairman of the subcommittee for the New Pontifical inside the Consilium, recalled with his characteristic modesty the events which led to the new text of the rite of Episcopal Consecration (or, rather, Ordination): The reform of these rites imposed a delicate problem: was it necessary to return purely and simply to the primitive tradition and to suppress all the subsequent additions, or should these alterations, which were justified by a largely millennial tradition, be preserved? ... To suppress with one stroke all which had been added throughout the centuries would be against the very laws of life. On the other hand, the Roman Pontifical could not anymore be considered an untouchable monument elevated to its perfection by a master of ceremonies of the 13th century. The study of the early tradition, on the other hand, made clear that, in many of its points, a deviation of the true tradition had taken place. A superficial revision of the text, therefore, could not be enough. The commission charged with the reform chose an intermediate way: to preserve, in the Roman tradition, whatever could be kept or adapted without compromising the essence. I say keep or adapt for certain rites, while themselves legitimate, could appear falsified by the formula which accompanied them.
This bold destruction of centuries of Catholic liturgy of the gentle accumulation of layers of contributions added by men of all ages, by a committee of scholarly bureaucrats of the 20th century, who believed they were somehow "outside" History, that they could sit in judgment of their forefathers in the Faith and pick and choose what was "historical" and what was not, what was the "true tradition" and what was a distortion of it - this still strikes any observer as the epitome of arrogance and carelessness, of hatred for the magnificent edifice of Western liturgy.It is curious to observe that those ecclesiastical bureaucrats, in their respectful meetings and silent work had the same attitude - if not the same mindset - of the barbarous youth protesting throughout Western Europe and North America in that year of 1968: they mistrusted all that was established, they needed to build something new, whatever it might be, to reflect modern thought, to attract "the man of today"... even if, in the case of the liturgists, their brilliant novelties were presented as refurbished antiquities, especially if they had a "trustworthy" Eastern appearance. The New Roman Rite was born, exactly 45 years ago today. http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2013/06/got-revolution-got-to-revolution-45.html
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June 23, 1963 - New Pope Paul VI (CORBIS)
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