On 25 January 1959, just under 3 months after his election to the See of Peter, John XXIII, at St. Paul’s outside-the-walls, stunned his listeners and the rest of the world.
60 years ago he announced the summoning of an Ecumenical Council to be held, for the second time, at the Vatican.
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At the same time, John announced that the Code of Canon Law should be reformed (which happened in 1983) and that there should be a Synod for Rome.
My old boss in the curia, the late and great Card. Mayer was present at St. Paul’s. He told me his story about hearing the announcement and the buzz it created. It caught nearly everyone by surprise… as it still does today, in a lot of ways.
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60 years ago, today, 25 January, at least where I am, in Tokyo as I write.
I suspect that, in far enough retrospect,...
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