A Real-World Joomla! Template

50 Years PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Saturday, 24 January 2009 21:34
Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII's announcement that he intended to call an ecumenical Council.

It was fascinating and illuminating trying to find a decent video to post. The vast majority of English language videos on the topic of John XXIII and the Council are of the "Vatican II = Apostasy" school of thought.

But the Italian documentaries of the era are fascinating and give a vivid sense of Pope John's warm, down-to-earth manner and his trips around Rome which won't strike us as dramatic after John Paul II, but coming after Pius XII, it was a revolution in style. Fr. Michael Sweeney used to tell me that John XXIII was a theological conservative. It was his warmth, spontaneity, and openness to the leading of the Holy Spirit that made him seem like a liberal.

These two videos give a vivid sense of the man and his time, charmingly idiosyncratic English subtitles and all. Part two includes the Pope's moving visit to a Roman prison and some rare footage of the beginning of the council.


Add comment

Security code

Order From Our Store


generic viagra
viagra 50mg 100mg
viagra 50mg price
viagra 50mg pills
buy cialis 10mg
buy cialis 5mg online