(Vatican Radio) Veronica Scarisbrick brings you echoes from the era of the pontificate
of Blessed John XXIII, the twentieth century Pope to inaugurate a less formal way
of public speaking than was the custom at the time. The story begins fifty years
ago on the 11th of October 1962, at the end of the day marking the opening
of the Second Vatican Council when Pope John XXIII appeared at the window of the Apostolic
Palace in answer to the requests of the huge crowds that had gathered in the Square
below, making a memorable impromptu speech. Know as the Speech to the Moon, it
lives on in people’s hearts and minds to this day and if you listen to this programme
you can hear a Vatican Radio archive recording of that speech. You can also hear
Veronica Scarisbrick's guests sharing with you memories of that pontificate. Among
them Jill Tyler, better known to our listeners as Jill Bevilacqua, who was in St Peter's
Square when Blessed John XXIII made this speech.
Some of the other guests
on this programme, include a member of the papal aristocracy, the late Cardinal Carlo
Cardelli, the late Monsignor Carroll-Abbing who met Pope John XXIII on many an occasion
and Rosminian Father John Charles-Roux who tells us about the years Angelo Roncalli
spent as Apostolic nuncio in Paris.
Also in this programme, other recordings
from our Vatican Radio archives including one in which Good Pope John as he was known,
speaks in English, a language he never quite managed to master, despite valiant efforts!