Vatican City, Sep 29, 2021 / 09:00 am
Pope Francis has reflected on the importance of the Second Vatican Council and the influence of its teachings on his life and spirituality.
In a new book preface, published Tuesday, the pope said that for him and other young Jesuit priests in Latin America, Vatican II “had entered into our way of being Christians and of being Church and, in the course of my life, my intuitions, my perceptions, and my spirituality were naturally generated by the suggestions of the doctrine of Vatican II.”
“There was not so much need to cite the texts of the Council,” he said.
Pope Francis commented on the Council in a preface to the book Fraternity -- Sign of the Times: The Social Magisterium of Pope Francis. The Italian-language book was written by Canadian Cardinal Michael Czerny and Italian theologian Fr. Christian Barone and will be published on Sept. 30 by the Vatican publishing house.