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Official Newspaper for the Archdiocese of Seattle Vol. 66--No. 23  41 Seattle, Wash., Friday, June 7, 1%3 Page I, Second Section Non-Catholics Mourn Pope's Death As Loss To Mankind John XXllI-As The World Will Remember Him HEARTY AND CHEERY, smiling Pope John XXIII set before the opening of the Second Vatican Council. The out last fall on a 450-mile trip to the Marian shrine at. kind smile with a hand raised in blessing is the picture the Loreto and to the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi, just world will always remember of this beloved Pontiff. Non-Catholics in the Greater Seattle area, in- eluding religious and civic leaders, joined with the faLthful of the Archdiocese in mourning the death of Pope John XXIII. Their sentiments echoed those of many other non.Catholics who looked upon the late Supreme Pontiff as the Pope of Peace and Unity and "truly the Holy Father of all men." Among those expressing their sorrow on the passing of the Pope and admiration for his works were the following: Rev. Dr. Lemuel Petersen, Executive Minister, Greater Seattle Council of Churches: "There has, of course, been outstanding popes of the Roman Catholic Church prior to His Holiness, Pope John XXIII. How- ever, if ever there was a pope with whom Protestants identified, it was Pope John. He was in- deed a Holy Father to all Christians -- in fact, to all :i: humanity. We appreciate the new spirit of understanding and communication between representatives of our various faiths which he has made pos- sible. We Protestants share in the deep sorrow of our Catholic brethren. We extend our sympathy to Archbishop Thomas A. Connolly and to all the clergy, religious and faithful of the Archdiocese of Seattle. If it please God, we pray that Pope John's influ- ence may long be felt in the Church and in the world." DR. LEMUEL PETERSEN 'Father to all humanity' Rev. Everett ]. Jensen, President, Greater Seattle Council of Churches, and pastor, Gethsemane Lutheran Church: "In behalf of the Greater Seattle Council of Churches, we Wish to express to the Most Reverend Thomas A. Connolly, Archbisho p of Seattle, and to the clergy, religious and faithful of the Archdiocese of Seattle our condolence on the death of His Holiness Pope John XXIII. He was indeed a magnificent figure--in death as in life. If there was a pope whom Protestants Tsuguo Ikeda, Executive Director, Seattle Atlantic St. Center: "One of the great contributions that Pope John XXIII started was the dialogue between Christians. He had enough convictions to get out on the limb and to implement those beliefs. This is one of the major directions he has made with the possibility of it being further developed. Not living in isolation, he was aware of world problems and thus pronounced his convictions for world leaders to follow." and others came to love, it was the late Holy Father. We pray A Peasant's Son that his influence may long be felt in the ehurch and the world." Hey. Dale Turner, Minister, University Congregational Church: "Pope John XXlII was one of the greatest men of our time. : He has done more to open the door to healing the breaches The hands on the bell remained personally accessible among Christians than any man I know. Pope John has changed rope tolling the passing of to them. : the climate to one of respect for one another and of desire to Pope John missed no chance learn about one another." Pope John are the toil- in his audiences to reflect fath. hardened hands of the erly interest in the lives of all The Hon. Floyd C. Miller, President, Seattle City Council: common people, who came--newsmen, farmers, "I along with many millions are grieved at the great loss of rail workers, the blind, women the Pope who was one of the world's great spiritual leaders and For he was a man who made m i s s i o n a r i e s, timekeep- no effort to conceal his humble ers, printers, b I o o d donors, who was dedicated to the cause of peace for all men of all races beginnings, youth, motorists, guards, pri .... and creed." , - Did you come from a large soners, athletes, the aged and ....... T "=::':'"": .... ": family? He was one of you. the sick. Did you come from a poor The flavor of this interest is family? He was one of you. reflected in his writings. One of Do you toil in the fields? So the most significant papal pro- did he. nouncements of our times is Have you been a soldier? So Mater et Magistra. This ency- _!! was he. clieal deals with the applica- i:::: .... The man was so genuine that tion of Christian social princi- the force of t h i s quality cut pies to problems of the day. through the pomp and splendor of his office, through the walls Encyclicals Hailed of religious difference, and even THESE REPRODUCTIONS of oil paintings show the Even before Pacem in Terris, through the Iron Curtain. parents of Pope John XXIII. His mother, Maria Anna his last great document--wide. When he became Pope four Mazzola Roncalli died in 1939 and his father, Giovanni ly regarded as his masterpiece ..................... .... and a half years ago, the late Batista Roncalli, died in 1935. Pope John's parents were --Mater et Magistra, when re- :1 Pontiff had a program in mind farmers near the town of Sotto il Monte in Lombardy, Italy. leased in July, 1961, was hailed that revolved around these four The Pope chose the name "John" in memory of his father, as an epochal pronouncement ........ objectives: In it the Pope reviewed Chris- -Internal renewal of the Catholic Church. he liked to recall. "We really scrapped many of the customs tian principles to which his pre- decessors -- Leo XIII, Plus XI --Achievement of Christian lacked nothing, but lived in dig- of his predecessors. For one and Plus XII -- had called at- unity, nified and contented poverty." thing, he refused to eat alone, tention. He expanded and ap- --Promotion of world peace. Once when a group of farm- Impulsively he would leave the plied their teaching to present --Advancement of social ers called on him in Rome, Vatican office to visit a sick problems: underdeveloped ha- justice. Pope John said: To work toward these aims "We find great pleasure in priest or talk with a group of tions, farm problems, popula- the poor. Such forays, often on tion problems, rights and duties he developed measures t h a t addressing you. In looking at foot, worried officials responsi- of the individual. IN THIS modest farm home, Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli would have daunted a younger you one by one, we recapture ble for his safety. His very first encyclical Ad was born November 25, 1881. The Roncalli home was near but less courageous man: the serene face, though stamped Petri Cathedram, June 29, 1961, the little vi'llage of Sotto il Monte "under the mountain in --Convoked a world council with such weariness; of the good Accessible To Workers was a direct,appeal to separat- of bishops, first since 1870. people of the fields with whom In his first weeks as Pope ed Christians to unite with the Lombardy, Italy, not far from Bergamo. The farm property --Raised the College of Cardi- we have been familiar since in- he visited various parts of the (Continued on Page 2) had been cultivated by the Roncalli family for 500 years. nals to full strength, and on- fancy. Our thought returns to- Vatican to get acquainted with larged its international char- day w i t h particular force to the workers and their problems. actor, that rural world, full of mem- He soon raised their wages. He --Issued seven maior docu- ories and sweet impressions." m e n t s (encyclicals), two of Through harsh personal ex- which, "Mater et Magistra" and perience he knew their prob- "Pacem in Terris," are ranked lems: as epochal. "Now you have a Pope," he --Spoke out repeatedly against said, 'who is himself a farmer's the dangers of nuclear war, and son and who has never felt enjoined world leaders to strive humiliated or embarrassed be- for peace, cause of his humble origin. You --Appointed and maintained a can then well realize how deep Papal Secretary of State, a post his interest in this class of vacant for 14 years, workers so dear to the church." He inspired the people of all Frequently he showed per- nations with the vision of a better world to be won by the sonal humility and concern for practical application of Chris- the feelings of others. Once he tian principles to the problems admitted to an audience of 100,000 that he did not enjoy of the new age. sitting on the portable throne 'Poor But Happy' known as the sedia gestatoria: This son of poor parents was "I would be most happy to born on the farm of his share- walk on foot like everybody cropping father. He was third else. Then I think that if I .....  of 13 children, but three died in went on foot, no one would be ................ infancy, able to see me, and therefore The farmhouse in Sotto il I use it (the sedia) as an ex- Monte in northern Italy still ercise of mortification." bears over the door the motto. Another time he told a cap- ASSUNTA, 76-year-old "Obedientia et Pax" (Obedience tain of the papal gendarmerie: Sister of Pope John fondles and Peace). "Captain, you are a bigger a kitten in her farm home As oldest son, young Joe (for noise than I am, because I was that was his name--not John-- only a sergeant." near Sesto San Giovanni ....... each Pope traditionally takes He was referring to the fact not far from Milan. The another name in office) gather- that he was a sergeant-major Pope was one of 13 chil- IN THIS PICTURE taken in Paris in 1952, Archbishop Roncalli, Apostolic Nuncio to ed wood and helped his father with the Italian medical corps dren, three of whom died at France is shown with his four brothers. From the left they are: Giovanni (deceased); with farm chores, in World War I. birth. Assunta was at "the Saverio, 79, Alfredo, 73, and Guiseppe, 68. His three brothers still live in Sotto il Monte "We were poor but happy," Early in his reign Pope John Pope's bedside at his death, and all came to the Pope's bedside during his finalillness. t ! t / Mrs. Clara Whitaker, secretary, Seattle: "Pope John was trying to get the world to make peace. He was a great man. Lord, have mercy on him." R. C. Hickson, advertising department, Independent Grocers Allianee: "The fact, that he did register with the Russians and other faiths during these times, seems to imply specifically that he was an endowed man who could reach and talk to people. I hope that things, urged by Pope John like the broadening of the Catholic scope towards religious tolerance, will be continued." John F. Cooper, Claim Agent, City of Seattle: "Last Sunday we offered a prayer at our Congregational church for Pope John. I feel that this Pope has done more for the good relationship between the Protestant and Catholic reli- gions." Rabbi Raphael H. Levine, Congregation Temple De Hirsch: "The passing of Pope John XXIII is an immeasurable loss not only to the Roman Catholics of the World but to the entire human family. The spirit of charity and understanding which breathed with every utterance he made and the image of a true priest of God which he gave to the whole world has given to all of us, Christian and non - Christian, renewed hope in the fulfillment of God's promise to mankind, the prom- ise which the Prophet Isaiah envisioned when he said: 'They shall not hurt nor de- stroy in aH My Holy Mountain for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea.' Pope John's last encyclical, 'Pacem in Terris,' 'Peace on Earth,' is one of the great human documents of all time. Pope John embraced in his own RABBI RAPHAEL LEVINE great heart and personality a 'An immeasurable loss' love for all men, which was the truest expression of God's love in so far as a human being can express it. In the hardly five years that the world knew him as Pope John XXIII he has written his life and his per- sonality indelibly into the hearts of. men of every race and every faith for blessing to all the family of men." Walli Zimmerman Curtis, women's news reporter, Seattle Times: "As a Protestant I know we were all praying for the Pope. He did so much to bring the Protestants and Catholics together and seemed to be able to pass over the differences between the two. We're praying his successor can carry on in the same spirit. He was a wonderful man." Art Pattison, producer-director, KOMO-Television: "His death only makes you wonder why somebody so good couldn't have been left here a while longer. He was doing so much in bringing all faiths closer together--even those with no faith. It was a shame someone as kind had to suffer such a long time, but then the good always seem to suffer most." Vieturio A. Velasco, Editor and Publisher, Filipino Forum: "Pope John XXIII will be remembered by my people as the pontiff to give the Philippines its first Prince of the Church-- His Eminence, Rufino Cardinal Santos, Archbishop of Manila. His appointing the Church's first Japanese, African Negro and Indian cardinals also testifies to his love and concern for the newly rising nations of the world." Jim Burnett, messenger, Independent Delivery: "What impressed me was that Pope John was trying to change the old and out-dated practices of the Catholic Church. He was very realistic." Fernando Ferrera, representative, Rushmore Mutual Life In- surance Co.: "I thought Pope John would make it. I consider him a good Christian. Even in his deathbed, he still prayed that we Chris- tians would be one." Mrs. Evelyn Prather, receptionist, News Publishing Co.: "I'm very sympathetic. Pope John is known the world over. He will be greatly missed." THIS FRAGMENT of the baptismal record of pope John show/ his name and date of birth in the upper left margin. His entry was the 30th in the record book of the local parish church. He was the third of 13 children and the eldest son.