This ten minute documentary on the waning pontificate of Pope Paul VI is very moving.
I remember August 1978, when Paul VI died. It was the middle of my “year from hell” after I left Washington, where I had worked for about three years, and bobbed around the east coast with no goal and no hope in sight. I was at my parents’ home outside Buffalo, when the news broke of Paul’s death. The next day, or two days later, I took off for Portland, Me., and lived through the period of no pope, the 33-day pontificate of John Paul I, and then the election of JPII. It seems to me strikely ironic that in those “down and out days” that my attention began to focus on the Church, and in particular, its popes.
Here is the documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li6OPaZLeMo&feature=related
Here is Pope Paul VI at the United Nations, 45 years ago (Oct. 4, 1965), where he delivered his famous No More War, War Never Again! speech:
NO MORE WAR, WAR NEVER AGAIN
“….And now We come to the high point of Our message: Negatively, first: the words which you expect from Us and which We cannot pronounce without full awareness of their gravity and solemnity: Never one against the other, never, never again. Was it not principally for this purpose that the United Nations came into being: against war and for peace? Listen to the clear words of a great man, the late John Kennedy, who declared four years ago: “Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.” Long discourses are not necessary to proclaim the supreme goal of your institution. It is enough to remember that the blood of millions of men, numberless and unprecedented sufferings, useless slaughter and frightful ruin are the sanction of the covenant which unites you, in a solemn pledge which must change the future history of the world: No more war, war never again. It is peace, peace which must guide the destinies of peoples and of all mankind. Our thanks to you, glory to you, who for twenty years have labored for peace and who have even suffered the loss of illustrious men in this sacred cause. Thanks and glory to you for the conflicts which you have prevented and for those which you have brought to an end. The results of your efforts on behalf of peace, including the most recent, even if they are not yet decisive, are such as to deserve that We, presuming to interpret the sentiments of the whole world, express to you both praise and gratitude…”