May 24, 2013

What was in the news on May 24, 1963?

An ailing pope, the world’s fair and a Supreme Court ruling on sit-in protests in four southern states

Criterion logo from the 1960sBy Brandon A. Evans

This week, we continue to examine what was going on in the Church and the world 50 years ago as seen through the pages of The Criterion.

Here are some of the items found in the May 24, 1963, issue of The Criterion:

  • Ribicoff offers plan to end impasse on Church school aid
  • Three nun supervisors named to School Office
  • In New Albany: Archbishop to dedicate new retirement home
  • High schools to graduate 1, 214 seniors
  • West Baden announces Nuclear War Institute
  • Marian College seeking zoning on Stokely estate
  • Pope hails missioners as ‘real men of peace’
  • Collection for Vatican Pavilion to be taken up Sunday, May 26
    • “Catholics of the archdiocese will be given an opportunity this Sunday to contribute to a special fund to finance the construction of a Vatican Pavilion for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. A collection for this purpose will be taken up in all churches in the United States. … Centerpiece of the Pavilion will be Michaelangelo’s celebrated Pieta, which Pope John XXIII has permitted to be placed on exhibit.”
  • Pope ailing
    • “VATICAN CITY—Pope John, suffering from a recurrence of a gastric ailment and anemia, appeared briefly at the windows of his Vatican apartments Thursday to give his traditional Ascension Day blessing. Looking wan and drawn, the pontiff recited the ‘Regina Coeli’ and gave his blessing. He made no remarks. The pope, who has been ill for the past several days, was forced to cancel his Wednesday general audience. Doctors have been in attendance since. He is reported to have received a blood transfusion on Wednesday night.”
  • No early answer seen in Mindszenty case
  • An exclusive club for wealthy nations?
  • Interior views of retirement home in New Albany
  • America editorial encyclical translation
  • Raps Church music as ‘dull, isolated’
  • Church growing in Latin America
  • St. Christopher captures title in boys’ track meet
  • Text of winning essays in annual Serra contest
  • Why classify movies?
  • Kennedy’s trip to Vatican recalls Wilson, Ike visits
  • High Court upholds legality of ‘sit-ins’
    • “WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed the convictions of lunch counter sit-in demonstrators in four southern states and held that convictions ‘commanded … by the voice of the state directing segregated service’ cannot stand. Conceding, as it has before, that private segregation lies beyond the reach of the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, the court nevertheless found that the lunch counter sit-in cases—from South Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama and North Carolina—all involved a state policy of segregation.”
  • Sees race issue now in conscience ‘tribunal’

(Read all of these stories from our May 24, 1963, issue by logging on to our special archives.)

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