New Pentecost News
“We know today more than ever who we are and where we are going (Lumen Gentium), what language we should speak and what message we should convey (Dei verbum), how much and how hard we should pray (Sacrosanctum concilium), what attitude we should adopt towards the problems and tragedies of contemporary humanity (Gaudium et spes),” Bishop Capovilla, 95, said on the 52nd anniversary of the announcement of the Council, CNA reports.
“These are the four pillars that sustain the building of renewed pastoral ministry and encourage us to listen to God’s voice, to speak to God as his children, and that oblige us to dialogue with all the components of the human family,” he concluded.
Bishop Loris Capovilla also described how the media announced the Council before Pope John had a chance to inform the cardinals, according to an article published Jan. 25 by L’Osservatore Romano.
He noted that the then-Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Domenico Tardini, wrote the following on his calendar for Jan. 20, 1959: “Important audience. Yesterday afternoon His Holiness spent time in reflection and set in stone the agenda for his pontificate. He came up with three ideas: a Roman Synod, an Ecumenical Council (Vatican II) and an update of the Code of Canon Law. He wants to announce these three things next Sunday to the cardinals after the ceremony for the feast of St. Paul.”
Bishop Capovilla said on that Sunday, Jan. 25, 1959, the Pope got up and prayed, but after celebrating Mass, “He remained kneeling longer than usual.”
He then went to the ceremony for the feast of St Paul at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. The ceremony ran longer than scheduled, and before he could announce the convening of Vatican II, the press embargo on the announcement expired. The council was then “broadcast by the media before the Pope could communicate it to the cardinals,” the article said.
The Pope still addressed the Roman Curia, “with trembling and a bit of excitement,” about his plans to hold “a twofold celebration: a diocesan synod for the city and an ecumenical council for the universal Church.”
Bishop Capovilla said the council was given three clear directives: to promote interior renewal among Catholics, to raise awareness among Christians of the reality of the Church and of the tasks she is charged with carrying out, and to call on bishops, with their priests and the laity, to assume responsibility for the salvation of all mankind.
The bishop said that 52 years after announcing the council and 46 years after its conclusion in 1965, four Popes have continually emphasized that it was “an event willed by God” and led by “an old man who rejuvenated the Church” at a time when many thought John XXIII was going to be a “transitional Pope.”
“If Vatican II has not yet achieved its goals, this means that our conversion is a task yet to be fulfilled,” he added.
Personal secretary of John XXIII recounts Vatican II announcement (Catholic News Agency)
At a meeting of its coordinators in Kuala Lumpur concluded on the 30th May 2010, CCI adopted a plan to launch a three year program from 2012-2015 to examine the social commitment of the Church and the lay movements in the light of Vatican II.
According to plans unveiled, an international forum of various lay movements, student, worker and civil society organisations will be floated in a Conference in 2012. The 3 year programme will focus on increased lay participation in the Church, encouraging social actions and a clear cut policy on social commitment of the Church.
Various events, conferences and campaigns spread over in different countries around the world will be organised during the 3 year period to study the ground reality, evaluate the decisions of Vatican II and to call for the attention of the Church. An interactive website, publications and newsletters will help build a momentum towards a participatory approach in the mission of the Church.
CCI foresees a massive gathering of the International Forum for Vatican II + 50 in 2015 wherein a final charter of demands will be presented to the Church and the laity.
It may be recalled that Cardinal Cardijn, founder of the International Young Christian Workers Movement (IYCW) played a constructive role during Vatican II and called for the Church to make world development a priority.
CCI has already organised an international event commemorating 40 years of Vatican II in the year 2002.
To know more about CCI www.cardijn.info
Cardijn’s speeches at Vatican II http://cp.cardijn.info
Vatican II + 50 www.newpentecost.com
M. J. Ruben
Cardijn Community International (CCI)
Born in 1873, Marc Sangnier died on Pentecost Sunday 1950.
Read more about Marc Sangnier here:
Marc Sangnier, Founder of the Sillon (Sillon.net)
Marc Sangnier: un message d'une extraordinaire actualité (Jean-Michel Cadiot, Le Monde) (Open link in Chrome browser and get a rough translation from Google.)
At its General Assembly in Bangkok from 23-25 July 2011, CCI adopted a plan for a three year program from 2012-2015 to examine the social commitment of the Church and the lay movements today in the light of Vatican II.
According to plans unveiled, an international forum of various lay movements, student, worker and civil society organisations will be floated in a Conference in 2012.
The three year programme will focus on increased lay participation in the Church, encouraging social actions and a clear cut policy on social commitment of the Church.
Various events, conferences and campaigns spread over in different countries around the world will be organised during the 3 year period to study the ground reality, evaluate the decisions of Vatican II and to call for the attention of the Church.
An interactive website, publications and newsletters will help build a momentum towards a participatory approach in the mission of the Church.
CCI foresees a major International Forum for Vatican II + 50 in 2015 wherein a final charter will be presented to the Church and the laity.
The role played by Cardijn at Vatican II will also be examined as part of the program.
According to a statement, the encounter was attended by 134 delegates from Caritas Africa and the Department of Justice and Peace of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM/SCEAM), other organizations of the Catholic Church in Africa, Caritas Internationalis and its members (Caritas Norway, Caritas Spain, Caritas Germany, Secours Catholique Caritas France, Caritas Australia, Catholic Relief Services, CAFOD), from CIDSE (International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity, an organization made up of 16 Catholic development agencies), and from Misereor and Missio.
The meeting was attended by Cardinal Peter Turkson (pictured), President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Polycarp Pengo, Archbishop of Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania) and President of SECAM/SCEAM, and Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Archbishop of Kampala (Uganda) and President of Caritas Africa.
At the close of the encounter, there was an approval of the “Mumemo Declaration: A New Pentecost for Africa.”
“Africa is a continent of great opportunity; therefore it is part of the mission of the Church Family of God to help make this opportunity real for the people of the continent. And it is particularly pertinent that at a time when many countries of Africa are celebrating 50 years of independence that the Catholic Church celebrates a New Pentecost for Africa,” says the statement.
Among the various recommendations were: the creation of Justice and Peace Commissions where there are none; drawing up, within 6 months, a strategic plan by Caritas Africa and the Commission for Justice and Peace of SECAM/SCEAM to promote "strategic and critical issues, such as good governance, peace building, extractive industries and climate changes”; the creation by the SECAM/SCEAM of a Working Group “on the prepositions of the Synod specifically relevant to women"; the development of a plan by the SECAM/SCEAM to improve information sharing between regions and through the continent.
Catholic bishops of Africa meet in 'new Pentecost' (New Energy Publisher)
Cardinal Turkson's Address to African Synod (Spero News)
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