Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council

Prayer to the Holy Spirit220px-John-xxiii-2

Divine Spirit, renew your wonders inour time as though for a new Pentecost.  And grant that Your Church, united in sustained and constant prayer with Mary the Mother of Jesusand under the guidance of St. Peter, may advance the reign of Jesus our Saviour, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace.

Prayer of Pope John XXIII, 1961




It is not that the Gospel has changed: it is that we have begun to understand it better. Those who have lived as long as I have were faced with new tasks in the social order at the start of the century; those who, like me, were twenty years in the East and eight in France, were enabled to compare different cultures and traditions, and know that the moment has come to discern the signs of the times, to seize the opportunity and to look far ahead.

Pope John XXIII