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A Collection of Messages of Saint Pope John XXIII

by Pope John XXIII

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  • Description:
    A collection of Messages of His Holiness Saint Pope John XXIII which include the Apostolic Constitution, Veterum Sapientia, the Apostolic Letter, Sanguis Christi, various messages and his last will and testament.
  • Larger Work:
    The Encyclicals and Other Messages of St. John XXIII
  • Publisher & Date:
    TPS Press, 1964

"Everyone remembers the image of Pope John's smiling face and two outstretched arms embracing the whole world. How many people were won over by his simplicity of heart, combined with a broad experience of people and things! The breath of newness he brought certainly did not concern doctrine, but rather the way to explain it; his style of speaking and acting was new, as was his friendly approach to ordinary people and to the powerful of the world. It was in this spirit that he called the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, thereby turning a new page in the Church's history Christians heard themselves called to proclaim the Gospel with renewed courage and greater attentiveness to the "signs" of the times. The Council was a truly prophetic insight of this elderly Pontiff who, even amid many difficulties, opened a season of hope for Christians and for humanity. In the last moments of his earthly life, he entrusted his testament to the Church: "What counts the most in life is blessed Jesus Christ, his holy Church, his Gospel, truth and goodness". -- John Paul II

Biography of Saint John XXIII which appeared in L'Osservatore Romano.

Apostolic Constitution

  • Veterum Sapientia on the Promotion of the Study of Latin, issued February 22, 1962.

Apostolic Letter

Addresses

  • Counsels For Seminarians -- An Address of Pope John XXIII of January 28, 1960, to seminarians in Rome in which he recalls memories of his own seminary years, reflects on the personal sanctification of priests and the value of reading Scripture.

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