This is the first in a series of blog posts about the six popes who have served our Church since Vatican II. They will continue on Fridays throughout this year of celebration of the 50 years of liturgical reform and renewal that have followed the release of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium.
We begin with Pope John XXIII. You can read a brief biography of him on the Vatican website. Here's a clip of a newsreel from when he was elected:
These reflections by the pope's longtime secretary are quite striking. For a pope who many expected to be a caretaker for a few years, his impact was great. The first pope in the age of satellite communication, his words could not help but be spread round the globe.
Next Friday, we'll take a look at his liturgy of installation. Blessings this Advent season!