In 1958, when the Cardinals elected a 76 year old Pope, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, many expected an uneventful pontificate without surprises. But Pope John XXIII, now a canonized saint, surprised everyone.
When he opened the historic Second Vatican Council in 1962, the "Good Pope" launched a spiritual revolution in the Church and the world. He summoned the bishops of the world to engage in straightforward discussions about the direction and future of the Church, and the relationship of the Church to the modern world. Few events in the history of the modern Catholic Church have been as far-reaching as the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). And few have been as controversial.
This documentary film includes many historic images and footage from the Vatican's Video Library, taking you directly to where it all happened.It presents original film footage of the Council in action, and of witnesses who took part in this pivotal chapter in Church history who discuss some of the Council documents and their message. Witness include Cardinal Francis Arinze, Cardinal Julian Herranz, Cardinal Georges Marie Cottier and Cardinal Paul Poupard.
This is a powerful and illuminating film that tells the story of what happened at the Council, and how it has impacted the Church, and the world.
The Revolution of John XXIII
Pope John XXIII was never meant to be a game-changer. He was elected to the Papal throne on October 28, 1958. This was shortly before his 77th birthday. Many thought of him as a placeholder or caretaker pope. They had hopes he would have a short reign and would just keep the Catholic Church afloat during a tumultuous time in the world. Much to everyone's surprise, he called for an ecumenical council, known as The Second Vatican Council, that would transform the Catholic Church into what we know it as today. The Revolution of John XXIII is a 55 minute documentary that covers this man and the Council he called. The main aim of Vatican II was to improve the relationship between the Church and the modern world. He wanted to "throw open the windows of the church and let the fresh air of the spirit blow through." Du Full Review...