AHALF-PROMISE that the Second Vatican Council will be continued by the next Pope was heard by representatives of 85 governments and international bodies on Monday, when they joined with 75 Cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica for the final Solemn Requiem for Pope John XXIII.
The indication came from the panegyrist, Mgr. Giuseppe Del Ton, Secretary of Latin Letters, whose sermon text, it is understood, had been previously approved by all the Cardinals now in Rome.
Describing the Council as "a truly great enterprise, although it is not finished," Mgr. Del Ton added : " When it is completed, it will stand as an imperishable posthumous monument to the Supreme Pontiff who wanted it and carried it on with the greatest energy."
Before his death, Pope John approved 15 of the 17 revised Council projects.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York were represented at the Mass by Canon Pawley, their liaison with the Vatican Secretariat for Christian Unity, and the Anglican community as a whole by the Bishop of Gibraltar. Dr. Lukas Vischer attended on behalf of the World Council of Churches, The Earl of Perth represented the Queen, and Premier Sean Lemass the Irish nation.
Seated round a five-tiered catafalque surmounted by the Papal tiara. they heard the Mass sung by Cardinal Tisserant, assisted by Cardinals Li6nart, Spellman, Wyszyski and Giobbe. One of the inscriptions on the catafalque said this of Pope John :
"Goodness personified, he loved. with unbelievable tenderness, all individual men as children, and, in his life, in his death, and after his death. he was loved by them in a most wonderful way."
More than 100 Heads of state had sent messages of condolence to the Vatican within a week of the Pope's death. President Sukarno of Indonesia, recently in Rome, has visited the Pope's tomb. Church bells rang for a whole morning throughout Israel in token of mourning, and the Naza
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reth town council, headed by a Moslem, stood for a moment of silence.
Periods of national mourning were commanded by President Sekou Toure of Guinea. President Yameogo of Upper Volta, and President Maga of Dahomey. The leader of the Moslems of Senegal called personally on the Papal Internuncio to offer the sympathy of his community.
India's sorrow has been expressed in messages from President Rad hak rishnan and Premier Nehru, and similar messages have come to Rome from Korea's acting President, General Chunghee Park; from the Patriarch Vazken 1 of the Gregorian Armenian Church; and from Premier Milton Obote of Uganda.
In many capitals. Heads of State have been represented at Requiem Masses in Catholic cathedrals, including King Hussein of Jordan, and Formosa's President, ChiangKai Shek. Israel's Chief Rabbi, Yitzhak Nissien. has described the Pope's death as a hitter blow to all lovers of peace.
At home last week. five Anglican Bishops attended the Requiem Mass in Westminster Cathedral.
In Edinburgh. the Scottish Astronomer Royal, Professor Bruck. represented Sir E. V. Apple ton and the, at a Requiem offere by Archbishop Gray in the presence of many nonCatholic Church leaders.
This week. the Archbishop of Canterbury offered a Requiem Eucharist for Pope John in the chapel of Lambeth Palace. Two Cathnlic laymen. Lord Longford and Sir George Rendel, were given special permission to he present. With them were representatives of all the English and of the Orthodox Churches. the Swiss Reformed and German Evangelical Churches. and of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Dr. Ramsey spoke or Pope John as one who "has shown us again the power of being. by being a man very near to God, by being a man who touched human hearts with charity...
" Let us thank .God." he said, "for the one baptism in which we
share already. Let us grieve that, as today's liturgy reminds us. we are not yet one in the Eucharistic feast."
Shortly before he died, Pope John expressed his pleasure at the simplicity of the new Council projects. Then, almost at the eleventh hour, he made a gift of a golden stole—given to him by Cardinal Spellman---to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. His tiara, a gift from the people of Bergamo, has now been given to the city's cathedral.
His humble personal effects have been taken from the Papal apartments, now sealed up. and sent to his home town of Sotto 11 Monte. His secretary. Mgr. Capoville, has obeyed his Pontiff's deathbed command to "go and see your mother." And the cities of Rome and Milan have announced they will name public squares after Pope John XXIII.
More than 200 Italian Mayors came to Rome to pay their last respects at the Pontiff's tomb. A general congregation of Cardinals has ordered a series of stamps for the Sede Vacante period. And Pope John's last appointments • of Bishops have been made known. They are Mgr. Gilherti Baroni, who becomes Bishop of Albenga. and Mgr. Adolfo Rodriguez Herrera. who becomes Auxiliary Bishop of Camaguey. in Cuba.