Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Reflection On Pope John XXIII

Given that Pope Benedict XVI will resign tomorrow and that the new Pope may well be elected within days, for the next few days we will be looking at recent Popes over the past fifty plus years.
Today we look at Pope John XXIII (1958-1963) who was previously Patriarch of Venice and was elected possibly by Cardinals with a view to being a stop-gap Pope following a deadlock. He was seventy-seven years old and whilst he reigned for nearly five years, he quickly won over many people and brought forward the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) which revolutionised the Roman Catholic Church and brought forward many positive changes. Here is an overview

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