What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Pope Francis

Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
Pope Francis

Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
Pope Francis

Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

The 20th Century Seen Through The Eyes Of John XXIII

2009-04-02

Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, John XXIII, called the Good Pope for his great humanity, had gone through two wars as papal nuncio before being appointed patriarch of Venice.

Many people knew that he had written diaries since he was 14 years old. But until today, only his spiritual agenda, the Journal of the Soul, had been published. John Paul II, in accelerating his process of beatification held in 2000, encouraged historians to study and publish his private writings.

After nearly 25 years of study, that vision has become reality: ten volumes of notes, written along more than 60 years, that reveal not only his rich spiritual life, but his extraordinary diplomatic and pastoral adventure.

Alberto Melloni
Historian, University of Modena

They were on the one hand a sort of tools with which he wanted to train himself in understanding people, learning to listen to the others, to limit his judgements, and on the other hand he used these diaries to explain himself the twentieth century.

His diaries reveal for instance the concrete help that he gave to many Jews during World War II, when he was nuntius in Istanbult.  And most of all they show the in-depth vision of John XXIII on the historical passages of his time.

Alberto Melloni
Historiador, University of Modena

We can see his modernity in his relations with Judaism, with the Eastern Churches, with the parties of the labour movement, and also in his belief that when one looks for what unites men instead of what divides, he is actually not disobeying the Gospel, quite the contrary: its a form of obedience.

According to the observers, he should have been a transition Pope. And yet with the Second Vatican Council he inaugurated a reformation process that would have changed the relationship between the Church and the contemporary world.