60 years of Vatican II
Rome celebrates 60 years since the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran to mark the anniversary.
It was October 11th, 1962. More than 3,000 participants came from all over the world to parade in St. Peter’s Square, a gathering that included cardinals, archbishops, bishops, and superiors of religious families. St. Peter’s Basilica was then transformed into a Council Hall and the proceedings commenced. The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council took place in four sessions each lasting 8 to 12 weeks until the council’s conclusion in 1965. The results? Four Constitutions, nine decrees and three declarations aimed at communicating to the world the nature of the Church and its universal mission… The events would forever change the future of the Church.
Exclusion of migrants is a criminal act
Last Sunday, October 9th in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis canonized Artemide Zatti, known as the nurse of the sick and the poor, and John Baptist Scalabrini, the apostle of migrants. During his homily in front of a crowd of 50,000 faithful, the Holy Father stressed that the exclusion of migrants is a criminal act and emphasized the importance of including everyone, that we should bring down inner walls and prejudices, and rediscover ourselves as brothers. He invited all to cultivate gratitude.
Ratzinger Prize 2022
On December 1st, Pope Francis will present the Ratzinger award to Fr. Michel Fédou, a Jesuit professor, and Dr. Joseph Weiler, a lawyer and its first Jewish recipient.
This is the 11th year of the Ratzinger Prize, the most important initiative of the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation. The award recognizes people for their publications, research and work in the fields of Theology, Scripture and Philosophy.
The Feast of Blessed Carlo Acutis in Assisi
Joy and youth: two words that sum up the atmosphere in Assisi last Wednesday as the diocese marked the second anniversary of Carlo Acutis’ beatification. The events revolved around the Shrine of the Spogliazione where Carlo’s tomb is now open for veneration until October 17th.
Blessed Carlo Acutis was a millenial who loved computers, but had an even greater love for God and the Eucharist. Carlo prayed the Rosary every day and would go around the city trying to help the homeless of Milan. He died in 2006 of meningitis and was beatified on October 10th, 2020.
Choosing the path of peace in the face of the nuclear threat
During Sunday’s Angelus, Pope Francis, concerned about nuclear escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, made a call to learn from history. Referencing a moment 60 years ago when the Second Vatican Council was just beginning and the Cuban Missile Crisis was at its climax, the Holy Father urged everyone to walk the path of peace. Finally, the Pope’s thoughts and prayers went to the victims of the armed assault on a school in Thailand that claimed 35 lives, including 24 children.