Vatican II Public Session 1965

This is a partial view of the central nave of Saint Peter's Basilica, as the cardinals, accompanied by their aides, walk in procession toward their stands, while the other Council Fathers are standing left and right at their desks, shortly before the beginning of the Dec. 7, 1965 public session of the Roman Catholic Ecumenical Council, when Pope Paul VI proclaimed the last Council decrees. (AP Photo)