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Pope John XXIII is carried on a papal throne to the opening session of the Second Vatican Council in 1962. Religion News Service file photo

(RNS3-JAN26) Pope John XXIII is carried on a papal throne to the opening session of the Second Vatican Council in 1962. John called for the council on Jan. 25, 1959. For use with RNS-VATICAN2-50, transmitted Jan. 26, 2009. Religion News Service file photo.