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Cardijn live during Vatican II!

posted 8 Oct 2010, 07:32 by Stefan Gigacz
Today marks eight years since we opened the first major CCI event, Vatican II in the Age of Globalisation: Lay contribution to the Church and the world, held in Bangkok from 8-11 October 2002 to mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

Now it is only two years to go until we mark the 50th anniversary of Vatican II. Already we are planning to mark this occasion by launching a 3 year study program Vatican 2 @ 50 from 2012-2015.

Next year's CCI conference in Bangkok will be an important step in planning this program.

And we are already working to prepare the necessary documents.

Latest document on our website are a new series of extracts from the conciliar diary of the late French Cardinal Yves Congar, an expert at the Council.

These extracts are particularly revelatory of the "behind the scenes' thinking of both Congar and Cardijn. Be prepared for a shock when you learn which Vatican officials they regarded as "cretins" or "useless"!

Meanwhile, we have just discovered an online live recording of an address by Cardijn delivered in Rome during the last days of the Council in November 1965. What a speech! Even those who don't understand French will have no difficulty in hearing and feeling Cardijn's passion as he speaks about the situation of workers in the world.

The recording has been published by the Centre for the Study of the Second Vatican Council at the Catholic University of Leuven. Interestingly, the list of recordings also includes a presentation by sociologist of religion, Father Francois Houtart. Listen to Francois here.

Like Cardijn and Congar, Houtart was also an expert at the Council. Indeed, Cardijn wanted Houtart to succeed him as chaplain of the International YCW.

Now Francois Houtart is in the news again today as a group of friends and colleagues launch an initiative to have him nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Read more about this nomination in our article here.

And add your name to the list of supporters at the website

Meanwhile on the other side of the world, Australian Bishop Kevin Manning, a former YCW chaplain and a strong backer of worker rights, has been honoured with the launch of a new series of annual lectures named for him. The first lecture was delivered this week in Sydney by former Australian Prime Minister and trade union leader, Bob Hawke.

Lastly, check out this See Judge Act resource based on the way Australia's first saint Mother Mary MacKillop tried to meet every need.