50° Anniversary of Pacem in terris: a Message from Cardinal Loris Francesco Capovilla

The new cardinal wrote to the Pontifical Council a moving memory of the Encyclical

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The personal secretary of John XXIII, Archbishop Loris Francesco Capovilla, was created Cardinal by Pope Francis on February 22, in the same year in which Blessed John XXIII will be canonized.

We are glad of presenting on this site a message that the cardinal - active guardian of all that concerns  the activities of Pope Roncalli - had sent to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, on the occasion of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Pacem in Terris, which took place from 2 to 4 October 2013.

It is the living and moving testimony of the person who  followed all the stories about the idea, drafting and dissemination - extraordinary and unexpected - of the Encyclical Letter in the world. A direct  protagonist of the Second Vatican Council who believes that: " the doctrine taught with rigor and logical force [ in Pacem in Terris ] , with a language that is accessible to all minds, continues to penetrate into the consciousness as a seed sown in the furrows waiting for safe germination ... ".