Posts Tagged ‘Pope John XXIII’

John XXIII – these last sixty years

Thursday, June 8th, 2023

There is probably no pope in all of history — certainly not in the last 400 some years — who served so briefly as Bishop of Rome and yet had such an immense impact on the Catholic Church as John XXIII. [That’s leaving aside Sixtus V. He’s the hard-nosed pope who, in just five years Read more

Synodality is Pope Francis’ vehicle for changing the church

Monday, May 10th, 2021
Synodality changing the church

Pope Francis’ desire for synodality will be a vehicle for changing the life of the church, according to Cardinal Joseph Tobin of New Jersey, USA. The pope has made repeated calls for mercy and for the church to hear voices from the peripheries. This is an invitation to accept that the Holy Spirit speaks not Read more

NZ Church preparing to celebrate canonisation of 2 Popes

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Already plans are well underway inNew Zealand’s  cathedral churches to mark the canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II . The canonisations will take place at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome at 10am on 27 April, the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday). The corresponding time here in New Zealand will Read more

Pope John XXIII used to make secret escapes from the Vatican

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Pope John XXIII used to make secret unscheduled trips out of the Vatican, driving around Rome and the surrounding area, a former papal aide has revealed. “Good Pope John” would occasionally say he needed to “escape”. Continue reading  

Pope Francis: The one who unties knots?

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
back to the future

This week we celebrate the first anniversary (13 March) of the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. But it is next month that we will witness an event that says more about what to make of him and what to expect in his Pontificate. In April, Pope Francis will beatify on the same day Read more

Pope Francis to declare Popes John Paul II, John XXIII saints in April

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Pope Francis will declare Popes John Paul II and John XXIII saints on April 27 next year. The announcement was made on Monday during a meeting with cardinals. The Associated Press reported that analysts have said the decision to canonize the two popes together was aimed at unifying the church because each has his own Read more

Cardinals to set canonization date for John Paul II, John XXIII

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

The Vatican this week said Pope Francis will host a meeting of cardinals on September 30 to formally approve the canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, said the date for the canonization will be announced after the meeting. He said only Pope Read more

The paradox of Pope Francis

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Who could have imagined what has happened in the last weeks? When I decided, months ago, to resign all of my official duties on the occasion of my 85th birthday, I assumed I would never see fulfilled my dream that — after all the setbacks following the Second Vatican Council — the Catholic church would Read more

Pope John XXIII’s ideal of renewal

Friday, October 19th, 2012

The future Blessed Pope John XXIII, born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli’s vision stretched far, very far.  Vatican II had to return to its evangelical roots and get rid of the shell that had built up around it over the centuries, driving it further and further away from its Master. “There will never be a Pius XIII”: to Read more

The Vatican’s very own revolution

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The Vatican II council, which began 50 years ago next month, was the most momentous religious event in 450 years. On January 25, 1959, the newly elected Pope John XXIII invited 18 cardinals from the Vatican bureaucracy to attend a service at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. He told them Read more