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The way things were

From the wonderful Polish blog Cæremoniale Romanum (in our sidebar), a detailed list of links to videos filmed by Italian State film production company Istituto Luce (currently part of the Cinecittà Luce S.p.A. public corporation) on various ecclesial occasions, from 1928 to 1964:


A Roma domenica delle Palme in piazza San Pietro (Palm Sunday, St. Peter's square)
- Processione del Corpus Domini a Roma (Corpus Christi, Rome)


- A Roma il Papa beatifica Don Bosco (Beatification of the Ven. John Bosco)



- La domenica delle Palme in piazza S. Pietro  (Palm Sunday, St. Peter's square)



- S. S. Pio XI benedice la folla adunata in Piazza San Pietro in occasione delle canonizzazione di Don Bosco [1] (Pius XI blesses the crowds gathered for the canonization of Bl. John Bosco - 1)
- S. S. Pio XI benedice la folla adunata in Piazza San Pietro in occasione delle canonizzazione di Don Bosco [2]  (Pius XI blesses the crowds gathered for the canonization of Bl. John Bosco - 2)



- Urbi et orbi in occasione della Pasqua (Urbi et Orbi - Easter)


- La Benedizione del Sommo Pontefice a Rome e al mondo in occasione della Festa dell'Immacolata (Blessing of the Supreme Pontiff on the Feast of the Immaculate)


- Cronache vaticane - canonizzazione di Nicolò de Flue (Canonization of Bl. Nicholas of Flüe)


- Numero unico dedicato all'apertura dell'Anno Santo (Special video for the jubilee)


- Beatificazione di Domenico Savio (Beatification of Ven. Dominic Savio)
- Cerimonia di canonizzazione di Maria Goretti (Canonization of Bl. Maria Goretti)
- Proclamazione del Dogma dell'Assunzione (Proclamation of the Dogma of the Assumption) 


- Pio X nella gloria dei beati (Beatification of Ven. Pius X)


- Benedizione pasquale di Pio XII (Easter blessing)
- Il Concistoro (Consistory)


- La Pasqua romana (Roman Easter)
- Pio X alle glorie dell'Altare (Canonization of Bl. Pius X)


- Il solenne pontificale (Solemn Pontifical)



- Benedizione natalizia del papa (Christmas blessing)
- La cerimonia di consacrazione di 8 nuovi vescovi a Roma (8 new bishops consecrated in Rome)


- Il pontefice prega (The Pontiff prays)
- Italia - Il genetliaco di Giovanni XXIII (John XXIII turns 80)


- Benedizione urbe et orbi per la Pasqua (Easter Urbi et Orbi)
- Festa del Corpus Domini in San Pietro (Corpus Christi at St. Peter's)
- Solenne rito a san Pietro (Solemnity at St. Peter's)


- La cerimonia di incoronazione di Paolo VI (Coronation of Paul VI)



  1. Prof. Basto11:42 AM

    Thank you very much.

    The video of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Assumption is just priceless!

  2. +

    Jesus, Maria, Joseph!

    Gratias agamus vobis pro multa verba bona!

    In Christo Rege
    et in Maria semper Virgine

  3. I would also recommend the British Pathé site:

  4. Yes, the proclamation of the Dogma of the Assumption is priceless, but so is the footage of the beatification and canonization of Pope St. Pius X! Thanks for sharing

  5. Ah but Vatican II and its reforms were needed to purge the Counter-Reformation Church of its archaic and triumphalist ceremonies. We are now a pilgrim Church, simpler, and more in line with the Early Church.

  6. The Assumption footage gave me the chills.

  7. A Mom8:49 PM

    Wow, it would be nice to have this old footage on DVD. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  8. Thank you! The Dogma of the Assumption is so beautiful!


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