circa 1965-1966. Pinback button measuring 1 1/2 inch diameter, red and white lettering on a blue field. Excellent. Item #451
"A MAN LIKE YOU. YOUR BROTHER" Pin, likely produced to commemorate Pope Paul VI's historic visit to New York City which included a Mass for an estimated 90,000 New Yorkers at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and a dramatic appearance in front of the United Nations Mass in Yankee Stadium, the genesis of today's global papacy.
Pope Paul VI arrived in New York City in early October, 1965, for a whirlwind visit that lasted only about fourteen hours. It was the first time a pontiff had crossed the Atlantic Ocean and the journey signaled a dramatic reversal of the self-imposed "Prisoner in the Vatican" isolation of the papacy. Pope Paul was in effect an emissary from the last session of the Second Vatican Council, putting the conciliar mandates on peace, ecumenism, and religious liberty into practice on the world stage.
The pope appeared before the United Nations General Assembly on the afternoon of October 4th. As Father John O'Malley remarked, "The dramatic occasion showed Paul VI at his very best. The trip had immense symbolic value. The pope addressed a completely secular institution on its own turf, and he did so not to proselytize for the Catholic Church but to promote the well-being of the human family." Following in the footsteps of Pope John XXIII, the Paul VI expanded on the themes of "Pacem in Terris," his predecessor's 1963 death-bed encyclical on world peace. "The address—direct, simple, delivered in elegant French and televised around the world—was powerful. Paul introduced himself as ‘a man like you, your brother.’ The most moving and emphatic moment came when Paul spoke of the horrors of war and the absolute necessity of world peace. He pleaded, with deep emotion in his voice, ‘No more war! War never again! It is peace, peace that must guide the destiny of the peoples of the world and all humanity." (John W. O'Malley, S.J., A History of the Popes).