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Full text of "1964-65 New York World's Fair Groundbreaking and Dedication Booklets"

ATICAN PAVILION CEREMONIES 
EW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965 




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OCTOBER 31, 1962 



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. . . . ROME - 9:00 A.M. 



THE FOLLOWING REMARKS ARE TAKEN FROM 
A TRANSCRIPT OF THE VATICAN RADIO 
BROADCAST DURING CEREMONIES IN ROME 
AND AT FLUSHING MEADOW PARK COMMEM- 
ORATING THE START OF CONSTRUCTION ON 
THE VATICAN PAVILION, NEW YORK WORLD'S 
FAIR, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1962. 



ANNOUNCER: We are assembled for the occasion 
of the official groundbreaking ceremonies for the Vatican 
Pavilion at the New York World's Fair in 1964 and 1965. 
His Holiness Pope John XXIII is about to enter his pri- 
vate study where he will deliver a commemorative address 
in Latin, after which he will push a button to signal across 
the Atlantic for the start of pile-driving operations at the 
construction site of the Vatican Pavilion. 

After the Holy Father's address, you will hear an Eng- 
lish translation by the Right Rev. Monsignor Cardinale. 

The Holy Father is about to enter — and everybody is 
ready — the television cameras are already rolling. His 



Holiness has now entered his private study and with him 
are His Eminence Amleto Giovanni Cardinal Cicognani, 
Vatican Secretary of State, and His Eminence Francis 
Cardinal Spellman, who are taking their places on either 
side of the Holy Father. And now you will hear His Holi- 
ness, Pope John XXIII. The Holy Father. 

[Pope John XXIII's Latin address, which is then fol- 
lowed by transatlantic electronic signal to start con- 
struction.] 

ANNOUNCER: And now that you have heard the 
Holy Father's message, you will hear a full English trans- 
lation by the Right Reverend Monsignor Cardinale. 

MSGR. CARDINALE: Spiritually present at the offi- 
cial groundbreaking for the Vatican Pavilion of the New 
York World's Fair, we are happy, on this occasion, to 
extend our congratulations and our best wishes for its 
success. The World's Fair, while it will bear testimony to 
what the genius and labors of men have been able to 
accomplish for the progress of civilization, will also con- 
tribute without doubt to the solidarity of people and to 
their fruitful collaboration for the welfare of humanity. 



Cover: The Vatican Pavilion will rise on an oval-shaped 
plot of land in Flushing Meadow, to be crowned by a 
lantern and a cross at a total height of 100 feet. It will 
feature, in addition to the famed "Pieta" by Michelangelo, 
a Gallery of Michelangelo, containing a treatment of the 
works of the artist; a statue of the Good Shepherd, an 



early Christian sculpture from the catacombs; an exhibi- 
tion of one-third life size color transparencies of the 
Sistine Chapel, and a collection of Vatican coins. Architec- 
tural firms collaborating on the Vatican Pavilion design 
are York & Sawyer; Hurley & Hughes; Luders and Asso- 
ciates. Contractor is Stewart M. Muller of White Plains. 



) 1962 New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation 




Pope John XXIII presses switch in Vatican that sends 
signal starling pile-driving operations for Vatican Pavilion 
at New York World's Fair. At left is Amlelo Giovanni 
Cardinal Cicognani, Vatican Secretary of State, and at right 
is Francis Cardinal Spelhnan of New York. In the back- 



ground are Bishop Bryan J. McEn/egart of Brooklyn and 
Thomas J. Deegan, Jr., chairman of Fair' s executive com- 
mittee. The picture above was taken from the European 
television broadcast. 



To this end, from our heart, we cherish the hope that 
this remarkable progress of science will serve for the 
spiritual progress of mankind, without which there can 
be neither true prosperity nor secure peace. 

This is the reason for the participation of the Holy 
See in this World's Fair and so that our wishes may be- 
come a consoling reality, we implore from Almighty God 
an abundance of divine favors. 

ANNOUNCER: That was the Right Reverend Mon- 
signor Cardinale who has given you the full English 
translation of the Holy Father's speech. 

And now the Fair's official gold medallion is being 
presented to His Holiness by Mr. Thomas J. Deegan, Jr., 
chairman of the New York World's Fair executive 
committee. 

The Holy Father is escorted to his desk now by Car- 
dinal Cicognani and Cardinal Spellman, both of whom 
will return to deliver their own personal messages com- 
memorating the start of construction on the Vatican 
Pavilion. 

His Eminence Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop 
of New York is now ready to speak to you. His Eminence 
Cardinal Spellman. 

CARDINAL SPELLMAN: Holy Father, in behalf of 
the Bishop of Brooklyn and myself, I express deep grati- 
tude to Your Holiness for all that you have done to help 



us in the World's Fair from the very beginning. Your 
encouraging words and your inspiration in the beginning 
have been a great help to the Bishops of the country in 
providing for this magnificent building. We are grateful 
to you this morning for pressing the button to start the 
activities in the building of this Vatican Pavilion. 

Your Holiness has been most gracious in allowing the 
"Pieta" to come to New York and — notwithstanding 
the fears of some directors of museums who themselves 
have had thousands of works of art brought over on the 
ocean — Your Holiness has desired that people who are 
unable to make the journey to Rome can see this master- 
piece of Michelangelo. 

The purpose of the Fair is to achieve "Peace through 
Understanding." And that corresponds very closely, I 
believe, to our own interpretation of our blessed and be- 
loved country of peace through moral and mortal restraint. 
Lately we have had an example of the peace through the 
measures adopted by our country. The Church has the 
program and the policy of peace through prayer and like- 
wise we are grateful because God has answered our pray- 
ers since last Sunday when in our Churches — the Catholic 
Church of the United States — we had prayers for peace. 
And almost miraculously peace has dawned. So once more, 
Beloved Holy Father, we thank you for the interest that 
you have shown in the World's Fair. Thank you very 
much. 



Gathered at Flushing Meadow for the 3 a.m. World's 
Voir Vatican Pavilion groundbreaking ceremonies are: Very 
Rev. Msgr. Francis M. Costello, Very Rev. Msgr. Timothy 



J. Flynn, Fair President Robert Moses, Most Rev. John 
J. Maguire. Hon. James J. Delaney, Rt. Rev. Msgr. 
James W. Asip, and Rev. Raymond Leonard. 













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ANNOUNCER: That was His Eminence, Francis 
Cardinal Spellman. And now His Eminence Amleto Gio- 
vanni Cardinal Cicognani, The Holy Father's Secretary 
of State. 

CARDINAL CICOGNANI: I am so pleased with this 
contribution of the Vatican Pavilion to the New York 
World's Fair and I am sure that the American people will 
visit this pavilion with sincere affection. This is an occa- 
sion to rejoice with the good people of New York and 
Brooklyn and also to recall fond memories of friends 
throughout the length and breadth of the United States. 

His Holiness Pope John XXIII, with his great heart, 
is preparing with delight to allow this treasure of art to 
be transported to the World's Fair, fully confident of the 
inspiration which it will bring to the many millions who 
will visit this magnificent venture. My prayers and good 
wishes for a great success. 

ANNOUNCER: You are listening to the Vatican radio 
in this special broadcast on the occasion of the official 
groundbreaking for the Vatican Pavilion in the New York 
World's Fair. This broadcast has come from the private 
study of His Holiness Pope John XXIII. That is the end 
of this broadcast — Praise to Jesus Christ — Laudator 
Jesus Christus. 

[Sound of bells is heard from St. Peter's Basilica 
mingling with the pile driver at Flushing Meadow.] 



MSGR. TIMOTHY J. FLYNN: Your Holiness, Your 
Eminences Cardinal Cicognani and Cardinal Spellman, 
Your Excellency Bishop McEntegart — this is Monsignor 
Flynn at the site of the Vatican Pavilion at the Fairgrounds 
in New York. You have just heard the start of construc- 
tion. It is 3 a.m. and it has been raining here, but we 
are very cheerful. 

In the name of all those assembled here, Bishop Ma- 
guire, Msgr. Asip and Father Leonard of Brooklyn, Msgr. 
Costello, the officials of the World's Fair, the construction 
men, the press, television personnel and all here gathered, 
we wish to express our thanks — thanks particularly to 
His Holiness — for we are grateful for the events of this 
night. What His Holiness has done in starting the con- 
struction of the Vatican Pavilion is not only a tribute to 
modern technological progress but it is also an act of 
faith in the Fair and in the Future. 

May I now present the Honorable Robert Moses, presi- 
dent of the New York World's Fair. 

ROBERT MOSES: The theme of the New York 
World's Fair is peace through a mutual understanding on 
a shrinking globe in an expanding universe. We welcome 
the support of the Vatican at this crucial time, and its 
willingness to send us its greatest and most moving sculp- 
tural symbol. We regard the announcement of the begin- 
ning of construction of the Vatican Pavilion as an event 
of immense world significance. It is an inspiration to all 
of us. 



On the occasion of the start of construction on the Vatican Pavilioii, 
Thomas J. Deegan, Jr. presented the Holy Father with World's 
Fair medallion. 





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VATICAN PAVILION DIRECTORS 

RT. REV. MSGR. JAMES W. ASIP 
VERY REV. MSGR. TIMOTHY J. FLYNN 
VERY REV. MSGR. FRANCIS M. COSTELLO 
REV. RAYMOND LEONARD 



NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965 CORPORATION 

Flushing 52, N. Y. Tel. 212-WF 4-1964 

ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM A. BERNS, Vice President, Communications and 

Public Relations 
ERWIN WITT, Comptroller 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section 
ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretary of the Corporation and 

Assistant to the President 
WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer