Sharing memories of Blessed John XXIII

By Robert Duncan

VATICAN CITY — Marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Blessed John XXIII, 3,000 pilgrims from the pope’s home diocese made a pilgrimage to Rome today with their bishop, Francesco Beschi of Bergamo.

Pope Francis was to join the pilgrims at the end of a commemorative Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and pray at the tomb of Blessed John.

Last year, Catholic News Service interviewed the personal secretary to Blessed John XXIII, Italian Archbishop Loris Capovilla, at his residence in Sotto il Monte. In the two videos posted here, the archbishop shares memories of how the pope from a small, hardworking town went on to summon the Second Vatican Council.

10 Responses

  1. Interesting how the Pope John made such an impact, yet his successor tried to close many of the windows to the church John XXIII tried to open. I’m pleased Benedict XIV quit.

  2. Oops, I meant Benedict XVI, but he is gone anyway.

  3. Only a sad misreading of the Second Vatican Council could inspire anyone to accuse Pope Benedict XVI of “closing windows to the Church.” God bless Pope Benedict! How sad that the Chuch was blessed with only eight years with him as pope.

  4. When Good Pope John figuratively “opened the windows,” he did not throw out the past, as it seems many of a more liberal persuasion would have everyone believe. Benedict pointed this out, citing the very texts of the Council documents themselves, and some are not pleased.

  5. Does everything have to be a culture war! I suspect Pope John himself reading these comments would say “enough!” For one moment honor his life and work by remembering one thing we are all Catholics!

  6. Of course he didn’t throw out the old! Geez! Knock it off with the liberal and conservative crud. See how the church is dying in Ireland, and in the US. It is growing in other areas. It was the old traditional thinking that got the church in the bind that it is in. There were lots of problems on Pope John’s desk. If bombers had dropped contraceptives on Vietnam there would be a great outcry from conservatives, but when bombs were dropped, only silence from the conservative church. Throughout the centuries the church has been silent on many issues, including killing people who claimed the earth was not the center of the universe. On and on the hate goes. God bless the radicals of this world.

  7. to say that the church was silent during the Vietnam war is a lie. to say that the church killed people who claimed the earth was not the center of the universe is a lie. if the church is dying in some countries it is because of her stand on moral issues. God bless those who adhere to the truth and the teachings of Jesus.

  8. Bravo”, Mr. Bill and Bravo” to your commentary of enough is enough, Mr. John.
    I believe, who ever speaks of disunity is not truly ((in tune)) with The Holy Spirit. and what it brings us to DO.
    Why speak of devide, when we understand that we are all of his HOLY BODY.+. WE ARE ALL UNDER HiM.+.
    “We do have to change that old way of thinking of PARTICISM.
    Otherwise,
    IT COULD BE THE DEATH
    OF US.
    ALL OF US .
    HUMANS AND OUR HUMANITY. (Godgiven)

  9. Sad to see that some deny history of the dark side of the church.

  10. Unity which is not based on the teachings of the Church is not unity at all. It is the tyranny of relativism. “Culture war” is another term for a war with the powers of Satan which is coming to us in the form of secularism and the tyranny of relativism where everyone’s viewpoint is valid. I grew up before the sexual revolution and all that. It was brought to us by “radicals”. The harvest from separating sex from reproduction and sex from marriage: 1.3 million abortions a yr. and 40 % of kids born out of wedlock and rising. The solution now (according to the Obama administration) is to force everyone who purchases insurance to provide more of the same in the form of contraceptives. The only reason Obama is able to do that is because of divisions in the Catholic Church. And we are not supposed to talk about that when it is the elephant it the room. The new “radicals” are those who believe and do their best to adhere to the teachings of the Church. They are defined by some as “right wing religious extremists”.

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