Before the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII visited St Francis' tomb In Assisi, Italy, on October 5, 1962. The Pope and his entourage traveled to Assisi by train. In the photo, his personal secretary, Loris Francesco Capovilla wearing a purple mantelletta, is conversing with a Pope who is vested in a papal choir dress and stole. Next to the Pope is seen the French Eugene Cardinal Tisserant, the Dean of the College of Cardinals.
The bearded Cardinal, who had been a French Army officer in the Middle East during World War I, was a conservative and opposer of Paul VI's New Mass. During the last years of life he often expressed concern over liberal trends in the church. Imagine if he was alive to witness how brutally Bergoglio is damaging the Catholic Church today. Cardinal Tisserant died in 1972 from a heart attack in Albano Laziale, at the age 87. Pope Paul VI took part in his funeral service. He is buried in the Basilica of Porto e Santa Rufina in Rome.