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The Death and Trial of Pope Formosus (1969)

St. Edward’s University

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  •  Opening titles 
  •  Pope Formosus riles up his critics 
  •  Formosus makes the case for his life 
  •  Posthumous trial 
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This television broadcast captures a 1969 theatrical production of The Death and Trial of Pope Formosus at St. Edward’s University in Austin. The drama, written by student Joseph Dispenza, is a fictionalization of Pope Formosus’s brief reign, including his posthumous trial, where his exhumed corpse was brought to the papal court for judgment. University students and faculty serve as the players. This filmed performance was produced as part of the Texas Educational Microwave Project, a program that used microwave channels to create a closed circuit television system, linking together institutions of higher learning in the central Texas region.
St. Edward’s University is a private Roman Catholic institution of higher learning located in Austin, Texas. It was established in 1877 by the Reverend Edward Sorin, CSC, Superior General of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. Sorin also founded the University of Notre Dame. The campus moved to its current location in 1889. Famed Galveston architect Nicholas Clayton built the university’s Main Building, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. St. Edward’s received its university charter in 1925, and became co-educational in 1970. Today, the university’s enrollment exceeds 5,000 students rom 44 states and 51 countries.