COMMENTARY: In 1960, Pope John XXIII established 11 commissions and other preparatory bodies to lay the groundwork for the Second Vatican Council.
COMMENTARY: To fully understand the Second Vatican Council, it is necessary to examine the earliest stage of its preparation
COMMENTARY: In revealing his plan to a group gathered at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls on Jan. 25, 1959, the Pope expressed a firm conviction that his idea for an ecumenical council came from the Holy Spirit.
Pope St. John XXIII’s opening address, ‘Gaudet Mater Ecclesia,’ remains one of the best ways to understand the importance of the Second Vatican Council as a whole.
When we reflect on the early Church, we will do well to keep in mind the lesson given to us by Sts. Priscilla and Aquila.